Update (9:41 a.m. May 20): Shon Pernice has pleaded not guilty to charges that he murdered his missing wife, Renee Pernice.
Renee Pernice has been missing since January 2009. A grand jury indicted Shon Pernice on Tuesday.
Shon Pernice still has one supporter -- his mother. Masha Pernice told Fox 4 that her son is innocent and claimed Renee Pernice left town after asking her son for a divorce.
"There's no way he could have hurt her," Marsha Pernice told Fox 4.
Original story (4:51 p.m. May 18): A Clay County grand
jury has indicted Shon Pernice on first-degree murder charges in
the January 2009 disappearance of his wife, Renee Pernice.
Pernice is being held in the Clay County jail on $1 million bond.
attorney Dan White told reporters that Renee Pernice's body is
still missing. Her family is offering a $25,000 reward for the tip that
leads them to her.
January, Pernice signed over full custody of his two sons to Linda
Lockwood, the mother of Renee Pernice.
disappeared a year and a half ago and has not been seen
since. Her disappearance has been dubbed "a
death investigation," and her family believes she is dead.
month after Renee Pernice's disappearance, a
reporter discovered Shon Pernice's profile on a dating Web site.
was only the beginning of a strange string of incidents involving Shon
Pernice. He's been accused of stealing
a neighbor's gun and later returning it. In July, Pernice was accused
of crashing a Fourth of July party.