Maylee trial set for next year

Joshua Maylee being escorted by Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane during Maylee's arraignment on Oct. 29th 2010.

A judge has set a trial date for Joshua Maylee for more than a year from now.Maylee is charged with three counts of first degree murder and one count of first degree assault in connection with an October 2010 shooting rampage in Callaway County.The prosecution and the defense met a five o'clock deadline Monday to turn in paperwork for the Josh Maylee trial. This paperwork lets the judge decide on a more definite time line for how to prepare for trial. The trial will take place in October of 2012 in Boone County.Maylee's defense had requested the change of venue to Boone County citing the "small county rule", which allows change of venues for counties with populations under 75,000.However, Callaway County Prosecutor Chris Wilson said there is always the possibility of Maylee's defense team requesting another change of venue if they suspect he can't get a fair trial in Boone County, which is neighboring counties with Callaway County.Under Missouri law, a change of venue could simply mean that a jury is selected and imported from another Missouri county is order to avoid the costs associated with transporting witnesses, family members and attorneys.Maylee is already being held in the Boone County Jail because his uncle works at the Callaway County Sheriff's Department. That move was made in November 2010 to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. Police say Maylee fatally shot Eugene Pinet, 48, his wife Jackie, 57, and Jeffrey Werdehausen, 46. Werdehausen's wife, Gina, was also shot but survived.Authorities have not given a motive for the murders, but court documents show that Maylee knew the victims and possibly had business dealings with them, including storing a stolen lawnmover at the Pinet's Holts Summit home. It is not clear from court documents whether Pinet know the mower was stolen.Maylee pleaded not guilty to the crimes.