Woman bound over for trial in brother's death

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:59:28 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 27 2013 06:49:26 PM CST

A Butler County judge finds there is enough evidence to send a woman to trial who is accused of shooting and killing her brother.

Susan May is charged with first-degree murder in connection to Richard Hrejsa's death. Investigators said the crime reportedly occurred the middle of September, but his body was never recovered until the middle of October.

May is accused of shooting Hrejsa during an argument, then burying his body in her backyard.

One of the investigators interviewed May's daughter, Nicole, who was at the home at the time of the shooting.

Nicole told investigators she heard two shots that day, but wasn't sure if the shooting was an accident. She told authorities her mom and uncle were arguing outside. He was on his knees and Susan shot him from five feet away.

Nicole also reported she helped move her uncle's body.

When Nicole was called to the stand, she told the judge she went to the house to talk to her uncle about him moving out of the house. She said he wasn't welcome to live there, and that his drinking was creating a problem.

During a lunch recess, the judge urged Nicole to get a court-appointed attorney before she testified further. The judge limited testimony to what led up to the shooting.

Another friend testified May and Hrejsa had a rocky relationship. The brother had threatened to rape and kill May, as well as May's daughter and grandson.

The friend reported the shooting death to police a month later.

A detective with the sheriff's office testified that May told her that she fired the gun twice. Once in the hall of the house, and the second time, a bullet struck Richard.

In court documents, detectives reported that May thought the lock to the gun was on, and that May never intended firing the weapon. The defense argued during cross-examination that May tripped, causing the gun to fire.

May's trial is expected to begin in January.