Susan Lynn May has been charged with first degree murder in the shooting of Richard Hrejsa on or about Sept. 18.
This charge, along with charges to conceal evidence, obtaining unauthorized control of a dead body and obstructing or resisting a deputy, were read during her first appearance in Butler County District Court before Judge Jan Satterfield Wednesday afternoon.
After Satterfield asked May if she had received the charging document, May said that it was not right. Satterfield told her at this point she was just reading the charges.
Count one said she intentionally shot Hrejsa with premeditation and the intention of killing a human being, known as murder in the first degree. This carries a possible sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
Count 2 said between Sept. 18 and Oct. 13 May interfered with law enforcement by concealing, destroying or altering evidence with intent to prevent or hinder prosecution of any person. This carries a possible sentence of seven to 23 months in prison.
Count 3 stated on or about Sept. 18 she did knowingly obtain or attempt to obtain unauthorized control of a dead body or remains of a human being, known as criminal desecration. This carries a possible sentence of up to one year in county jail and up to a $2,500 fine.
Count 4 said on or about Oct. 1, she knowingly obstructed or resisted a deputy in his execution of a warrant. This carries a possible sentence up to one year in county jail and a $2,500 fine.
Satterfield entered a plea of not guilty for May and set a preliminary control hearing for Oct. 21. May said she would obtain her own attorney.
Next, Satterfield set bond in the case.
The state's recommendation was $250,000 with a request she not leave Butler County or have any contact with any of the endorsed witnesses including her daughter.
Assistant County Attorney Amber Norris said May only had misdemeanors on her record, with no significant criminal history. She did have a previous arrest but there was no conviction regarding another firearm incident. May pointed out she had a hearing in another case tomorrow.
"I think $250,000 is extremely generous and certainly appropriate for a first degree murder case," Satterfield said, "I would probably have set it higher but I will follow the recommendation of the state."
May was arrested earlier this week after sheriff's deputies discovered a decomposed body in her back yard after receiving a tip.