Holts Summit man pleads guilty to triple homicides

Avoids death penalty, receives four life-terms


Joshua W. Maylee

Joshua W. Maylee, 26, Holts Summit, will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty Monday to three counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree assault for an attempted murder.

Maylee was charged with a triple homicide shooting spree on Oct. 26, 2010, in the Holts Summit area. He was accused of killing Allen and Jackie Pinet at their home in Holts Summit, and slaying Jeff Werdehausen of Callaway County later in the evening. Maylee also was charged with shooting and attempting to kill Werdehausen’s wife, Gina, who survived a gunshot wound.

Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson earlier had declared his intention to seek the death penalty in the triple homicide charges.

On Monday, Maylee pleaded guilty to the murder charges before Circuit Judge Kevin Crane in Boone County Circuit Court. Maylee admitted he shot four people, killing three of them. The case had been moved to Boone County on a change of venue from Callaway.

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