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Death penalty to be sought against Pamela Hupp

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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
ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar announced they will seek the death penalty against Pamela Hupp.

That announcement came in a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Lohmar said he believes this case fits the extreme subset of the death penalty. 

“I do believe once the jury hears all the evidence they will absolutely believe this fits in the category where the death penalty should be considered,” said Lohmar.

"We have not pursued the death penalty since I've been in office. I've been here five years. It's been at least a decade," said Lohmar.

When asked about Hupp's condition while in custody, Lohmar said ,"I know she's healthy, she's being monitored 24/7, and she's been a model inmate".

Hupp was arrested and charged in August 2016 with first-degree murder, one week after fatally shooting a man inside her O’Fallon, Mo. home, according to officials. Police were originally called to the 1200 block of Little Brace Dr. about a burglary around 12 p.m. on August 16, 2016.

According to police, Hupp told them she pulled up to her home and was confronted by a stranger, which was later identified as 33-year-old Louis Gumpenberger.  Authorities discovered Hupp called police to report this burglary, but moments later fired multiple rounds, killing Gumpenberger. She then called police again to report a person shot.

Hupp was also a key witness in the murder trial of Russell Faria, which Faria was convicted of stabbing Pamela Hupp’s best friend acquitted in a re-trail in 2015.

Faria’s attorney argued that the killing was carried out by Hupp, who was seeking to collect a $150,000 life insurance policy.

When investigators became to piece together multiple incidents, the death of Hupp’s mother, Shirley Neumann, came into question.

Neumann’s body was found below her apartment unit’s balcony in Oct. 2013.

Police reported several rails from the balcony were broken, and death was deemed as suspicious at the time.

After later investigation, it was determined there was not enough evidence to charge anyone.

News 4 Reporter Lauren Trager reported that in Oct. 2013, St. Louis County Police revealed Hupp was the last person to her mother before her death.

Police say they are reviewing the case, but haven't officially re-opened it.

In response to Lohmar, an attorney for Hupp said, "Another press conference.  The prosecutor is doing his best to make it impossible to seat an impartial local jury."

Hupp will face trial on Oct. 3 for the death of Louis Gumpenberger.

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