Kelly Robert Simino waived his rights to a preliminary hearing on Monday and is due back in a Miller County courtroom on May 4 for arraignment in circuit court on the second-degree murder charge he faces for Brandi Mathews’ death. It on that date a Miller County judge is expected to take up several motions the 43-year-old filed recently including a request for a speedy trial and a change of venue.
If Simino’s motion for a speedy trial is granted, the case could be scheduled as early as this summer.
Court got off to a slow start Monday afternoon after the public defender representing Simino, Tony Manansala, failed to show until after 2 p.m. Manansala is a district defender out of Columbia, Mo., and had to drive to Tuscumbia for the court session. Once he arrived, he admitted to prosecuting attorneys he was unprepared because he just got the case file that morning, he said, and didn’t have time to read it.
Manansala met with Simino behind closed doors for more than 30 minutes before telling the judge Simino agreed to waive his rights to a preliminary hearing. In the meantime, his bond will stay set at $500,000.
Simino was arrested on Jan. 6 for the felony charge of second degree murder for Mathews’ death. His arrest coincided with law enforcement officials announcing that they had identified some human remains found by a dog walker in a creek bed near Eldon as Mathews’.
Mathews had been missing for more than three years when her remains were found. Investigators believe she died shortly after she was last seen in late September 2006.
Simino and Mathews were involved in an intimate relationship with documented instances of physical abuse and violence. Mathews filed five police complaints against Simino with four different police department in 2006. Three involved assault, one involved threats, and one involved burglary. Mathews sought an order of protection from Simino in Pettis County a month before she disappeared.
Simino is being held at the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center.
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