Silence swept through the Miller County courtroom as Kelly R. Simino, 43, walked in, shackled at the ankles and wrists and escorted by four Miller County deputies. Brandi Mathews’ family sat in the front row of the courtroom closest to Simino. Deanna Roberts, Mathews’ mom, was sitting directly across from the man that was accused of killer her daughter.
Roberts shed a few tears during the hearing.
Seeing Simino wasn’t the hard part, she said, it was catching glimpses of her daughter. Prosecutors had prepared for Monday’s preliminary hearing complete with blown up pictures of Mathews.
Simino’s demeanor was also unsettling, she said.
“He was just sitting there like we were wasting his time. Like, we were bothering him by doing this,” Roberts said, who moved to Utah with her husband to start fresh after Mathews’ death.
On the other side of the courtroom, several members of Simino’s family had also gathered to hear the outcome of Monday’s hearing.
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