ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A west St. Louis County man accused of killing his wife is made his initial court appearance Monday.
Beau Rothwell, 29, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife Jennifer Rothwell. Police searched creeks, ponds and wooded areas near their home near Creve Coeur after Jennifer Rothwell was reported missing on Nov. 12.
During the initial court appearance, Judge Jason Dodson said Beau would continue to be held without bail. He also set the next hearing in the case for April 6, but the case is expected to go before a grand jury before then. If the grand jury indicts Beau, the case will proceed to trial without the April hearing.
On Nov. 21, Jennifer's body was discovered during a search along Highway 61 near Troy, Mo. Police switched their focus to Lincoln County after Beau Rothwell started cooperating with police in finding the remains.
A probable cause statement said he was caught on video buying cleaning products including bleach, carpet cleaner, and gloves on Nov. 11, the day before Jennifer Rothwell was reported missing. Inside the couple's home, police said they encountered an overwhelming smell of bleach along with blood that matched the woman's parents' DNA.