Pamela Hupp Back in Court

Accused killer against death penalty.

Kevin Killeen
June 08, 2018 - 2:59 pm

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) - Accused killer Pamela Hupp walked into court, handcuffed at the waist, for a pre-trial hearing ahead of her scheduled September murder trial.

Hupp is accused in the August 2016 shooting death of Louis Gumpenberger, a mentally diminished man she allegedly killed to draw suspicion away from her in a seperate murder case.

Pamela Hupp's mugshot after alleged suicide attempt with ink pen.

Hupp's lawyers asked the judge to not let this be a death penalty case, and they asked the judge to throw out some evidence that could be damaging to Hupp in the trial.

The judge refused to strike the aggravating circumstance of the victim being chosen at random. The prosecution argued that the randomness of the killing qualifies this case for the death penalty.

When she first walked into court, the once blonde, heavy-set Hupp appeared thinner, drawn in the face, and her shoulder-length, bobbed hair was gray after almost two years in jail.

Throughout the proceeding, Hupp sat with pursed lips, looking a little stern, but intent on what the lawyers and judge were saying.

There's no word on whether Hupp may be considering a plea bargain to avoid the possibility of ending up on death row.