St. Charles County prosecutor to pursue death penalty against Pam Hupp

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – If Pam Hupp is convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a man with disabilities, the St. Charles County prosecutor said Thursday he will pursue the death penalty.

A grand jury indicted Hupp in December 2016 for allegedly killing Louis Gumpenberger, in what prosecutors claim was a plot by Hupp to take the heat off of her in the unsolved 2011 murder of Pam's friend, Betsy Faria.

Prosecutors said Hupp lured Gumpenberger into her car by claiming she was a news producer wanting to reenact a 911 call. On August 16, 2016, Hupp called 911 reporting someone was trying to kidnap her.

Hupp’s trial is scheduled for October 3.

In February, Hupp's lawyer, Nick Williams, asked the court to bring in jurors from another county. Prosecutors insist there's a large enough jury pool in St. Charles County to find unbiased jurors.

According to St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar, Hupp would be the first woman Missouri has put to death since Bonnie Heady in 1953.

“I would say the worst of the worst. If we can prove (the crime) was among the worst of the worst. It’s very difficult to classify that. Any murder is a tragedy, it’s awful, it’s terrible, but the statute does delineate certain subsets that are eligible for the death penalty and this is one of them,” Lohmar said.

 

In his filing, Lohmar wrote he thinks he can convince a jury Hupp’s crime was “outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible or inhuman in that it involved depravity of the mind.”

Williams said the press conference was an attempt to taint the local jury pool.