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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Shon Pernice accused of wife's murder

Renee

Clay County has accused Shon Pernice of killing his wife, Renee, who went missing in early January 2009. At a press conference this afternoon, prosecutor Dan White said that Pernice was indicted after a three-month grand jury process. Bond was set at $1 million.

Renee's remains have not been found -- something that might complicate the prosecution, though there have been convictions despite the absence of a body. The prosecutor did not say what evidence was presented to help indict Shon Pernice.

The 35-year-old mother had worked as a nurse in the St. Luke's system and had just started teaching when she went missing. In February 2009, the county prosecutor had said that it was unlikely that Renee Pernice was still alive, though he declined to say what led him to that conclusion.

Renee Pernice had begun divorce proceedings shortly before she disappeared. At last report, a $25,000 reward was being offered in her case. At the press conference, her father says that reward is still available for anyone who helps leads them to her body.

Before today's announcement, Shon Pernice, who worked as a paramedic for Independence Fire, was already facing criminal charges unrelated to his wife. He was accused of stealing a neighbor's gun in late January 2009, and then was charged with witness tampering and child endangerment related to a July 4 incident. He pleaded not guilty. According to Case.Net, he's supposed to stand trial in those cases in July and October.

There's a MySpace page devoted to the case here.

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