Judge sets June date for Pamela Hupp murder trial

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

The trial against the woman accused in a bizarre murder in St. Charles County has been postponed.

Court records indicate that the trial for Pamela Hupp, initially scheduled for September 11th, has been canceled. The judge has also ruled that additional evidence related to another murder case may be brought forward, for now.

Hupp is accused of luring Louis Gumpenberger to her home in August of 2016 and killing him in order to frame him in a separate crime.

Court records show that the state objected to delaying the trial but the judge granted the defense team’s request for a continuance. A new hearing in the matter has been set for August 20th.

Hupp’s defense team had also filed a motion that would have prohibited evidence from being brought forward about the 2011 death of Betsy Faria in Lincoln County. Hupp was a witness in that case. Recent news reports have speculated that Hupp may have played a role in the case. Faria’s husband Russ Faria was initially found guilty for his wife’s death, but his conviction was overturned.

The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has been gathering evidence about the Faria case. Hupp’s defense team had sought to keep it away from the jury in the Gumpenberger case, but the judge denied their request.

This is a developing story. Check back for additional details.

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