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Pamela Hupp out of hospital, now in St. Charles County Jail

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Pamela Hupp is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing Louis Gumpenberger at her O'Fallon, Mo. home.  She allegedly lured him there and told police he she shot him when he tried to break in. Credit:  O'Fallon, Mo PD Pamela Hupp is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing Louis Gumpenberger at her O'Fallon, Mo. home. She allegedly lured him there and told police he she shot him when he tried to break in. Credit: O'Fallon, Mo PD
Police say a woman shot and killed an intruder in O'Fallon, Mo. (Credit: KMOV). Police say a woman shot and killed an intruder in O'Fallon, Mo. (Credit: KMOV).

ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) – Murder suspect Pamela Hupp is out of the hospital and has been transferred to the St. Charles County Jail.

Hupp was arrested and charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, one week after fatally shooting a man inside her O’Fallon, Missouri home, officials said.

Hupp fatally shot Louis Gumpenberger, 33, of St. Charles, inside her home in the 1200 block of Little Brave Drive around 12:10 p.m. August 16, police said.

Police initially reported that Hupp told them she was in her car in her driveway when a silver sedan pulled up, and Gumpenberger, whom she said did not know,  got out, held a knife to her throat and demanded she go to a bank and withdraw "Russ' money." 

Officers said Hupp told her she then knocked the knife out of Gumpenberger's hand and ran into the garage.

After entering the home, Hupp reported a burglary in progress to police. She called 911 three times, but the first two calls failed. She allegedly told police she ran into the bedroom and was followed by Gumpenberger before she retrieved a rifle and fired multiple gunshots, killing him.

When police arrived on scene, they said they found Gumpenberger did not have an ID, cell phone or wallet. He had a handwritten note in his pocket which had instructions to kidnap and kill Hupp, police say. He also had $900 in cash in a Ziplock bag and was unarmed. Authorities believe he had mental and physical limitations from a traumatic brain injury, and could not drive or work.

Police later concluded that Hupp was looking for an innocent victim to kill as a way to frame someone else.

Authorities say another woman told them that someone claiming to be a Dateline producer got out of a car and approached her, promising $1,000 cash upfront for a re-enactment from the murder case of Betsy Faria, who was killed in Lincoln County. 

Hupp was a key witness in the murder trial of Russell Faria, who was convicted in the stabbing death of his wife Betsy, but it was overturned in 2015. One of his arguments was that Hupp had something to do with his wife’s death. The case was profiled on Dateline.

Police say the incident of the person claiming to be from Dateline approaching the other woman was caught on surveillance camera. The car used in the incident was found to be a GMC Acadia with the same license plate number as Hupp's vehicle, police say.

Tracking of Hupp's phone placed her at Gumpenberger's apartment complex on the morning of August 16, the day of the shooting, police say.

After she was taken into police custody, police say Hupp slit her wrists with a ballpoint pen in the women's restroom at the O'Fallon, Mo. Police Department. She was then taken to a hospital and released Thursday.

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