On a change of venue from Pike County the trial of Douglas J. Howery Sr., will be held in Audrain County July 12-16 in Mexico.
Howery, 57, is accused of killing his wife, Betty Ann Howery, approximately 20 years ago after she disappeared from the couple’s Annada farm on Feb. 20, 1992.
St. Louis County Judge James R. Hartenbach has been appointed to the case following a change of judge request by Howery’s attorney, Frank Anzalone.
Following the discovery of human bones found at the farm in October 2008 Howery was arrested in May 2009.
Pike County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Fisher has pointed out that genetic evidence and testimony from witnesses point to the defendant’s guilt.
Betty Howery’s son, Mathew L. Higginbotham, is seeking actual and punitive damages in a wrongful death suit against Douglas Howery.
Howery remains in the Pike County Jail on $300,000 bod and if convicted could get the death penalty or life in prison.
Individuals charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty.