Public Defender rejetcts triple homicide suspect’s appeal

This story was first published in the Columbia Missourian on Nov 19, 2010.

COLUMBIA — The Missouri State Public Defender System on Friday turned down a second application  from the man arrested in October in relation to a triple homicide in Callaway County.

Joshua William Maylee’s request was denied in a counsel status hearing, Callaway County prosecutor Robert Sterner said during a phone call after the hearing. Maylee was charged last month with three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Eugene and Jackie Pinet and Jeff Werdehausen in Holts Summit, and one count of first-degree assault.

Sterner said Maylee first applied for a public defender after his arrest. That application was denied by the public defender during Maylee’s appearance at the Callaway County Courthouse on Oct. 29.

Daniel Gralike, deputy director of the state public defender system, said Maylee did not qualify to be represented by a public defender.

“We reviewed the application and found it ineligible for service,” Gralike said.

Gralike said Maylee had considerable assets, including equity in construction and farm equipment. The public defender system did not want to spend taxpayer money on someone it believes can afford a lawyer, he said, especially at a time when the system faces caseload problems.

Maylee transferred some of his assets to family members since he first applied for representation, but still did not meet the system’s criteria, Gralike said.

Maylee can appeal the public defender’s decision before a judge.

Judge Carol England set up another counsel status hearing for Dec. 23 to provide more time for Maylee to get a lawyer, Sterner said.

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