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Pam Hupp’s lawyers win delay in murder trial

ST. CHARLES, Mo. - A judge has granted murder suspect Pam Hupp a delay in her trial. The new trial date will be set within the next 7-10 days.

Hupp stands accused of luring Louis Gumpenberger, 33, into her O’Fallon home, shooting him to death, and claiming he attacked her. She was charged with first-degree murder and given an April 2018 trial date, but her attorneys said they may not be ready and haven’t received all the discovery.

Defense lawyers say they've been told that there is a "very large" amount of investigative material to go over. They filed a motion earlier this month saying that they have not received all of it.

Prosecutors believe Hupp was driving around looking for someone to kill in August 2016. Search warrants indicate she may have lured Gumpenberger with a handful of $100 bills and a fake story that he could get the cash by roleplaying a 911 call.

Gumpenberger was reportedly the third person Hupp tried picking up, according to a joint investigation from Fox 2 and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A surveillance camera captured Hupp approaching a woman in St. Charles County. Brent Charlton told us Hupp approached him, too.

According to court records, prosecutors believe Hupp planted a knife on Louis after having bought it at the O’Fallon Dollar Tree. Search warrants also showed police found similarities between the $900 cash in Louis’ pocket with that of a hundred dollar bill on Hupp’s dresser.