ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Pam Hupp stood before a judge Friday for the first time since the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged her in a murder plot.
Judge Phillip Ohlms barred the media from entering the courtroom Friday because of security reasons because this courtroom is inside the jail. That is a first: being prohibited from a public hearing irrespective of security concerns. Reporters must rely on what prosecutors tell us happened inside.
Hupp’s appearance lasted just seconds, bandages still around her neck. O’Fallon police said Hupp stabbed herself in the neck and wrist shortly after she was arrested on first-degree murder charges.
Prosecutors allege Hupp concocted a plot to kill a man with disabilities to take the heat off of her. Hupp was the star witness in the Betsy Faria murder trial and her testimony helped convict Betsy’s husband, Russ Faria.
Russ was later exonerated after all of the evidence came out, much of it relating to Hupp benefiting from Betsy’s $150,000 life insurance policy.
Hupp is suspected of killing Louis Gumpenberger and planting evidence to make look like Russ Faria was involved.
Hupp is due back in court September 7. She remains incarcerated on a $2 million cash-only bond.