September 16, 2010
A District Court Judge ordered Sharon Huddleston and Rhonda Pischel to stand trial for the murder of Todd Stover in May of 2000 after a preliminary hearing Thursday.
Sharon Huddleston and Rhonda Pischel are accused of killing 37-year-old Todd Stover in May of 2000. It took 10 years for the sisters' roommate to go to authorities.
Prosecutors say Huddleston gave Stover a deadly amount of insulin because she was mad at him for not getting her a job at Boeing. Huddleston and Pischel are charged with taking Stover's body to Greenwood County and dumping it.
The sisters' roommate, Sharon Edwards, took the stand today and told the the judge Huddleston called her at work one day and told her to come home right away. When she arrived, Huddleston and Pischel showed her Stover's body in a bedroom.
"Sharon said, 'I've been jabbing him with insulin', Edwards testified. "She didn't know how many bottles she had used."
Edwards testified she watched the sisters carry Stover's body into the garage where they put it in the truck of a car. She said Pischel was combing Stover's hair while Huddleston arranged his body. Investigators couldn't find a cause of death, and the case went cold until this year when Edwards finally went to authorities.
This is a preliminary hearing, the judge will determine whether the sisters will stand trial.
Crystal Brown testified she is the biological daughter of Sharon Huddleston. Brown told the judge her mother told her "Don't ever give someone insulin if they don't need it, it can result in death.". Brown also said her mother admitted to purposely giving the insulin to a man and he died. When Brown asked her who the man was, she testified that Huddleston told her, "He was a nobody. He'll never be missed."
A former Park City woman confessed to injecting a man with a deadly amount of insulin more than ten years ago and dumped his body, investigators said.
KBI Agent Jeff Newsum is on the stand in a Sedgwick County courtroom in the preliminary hearing for Sharon Huddleston and Rhonda Pischel. They are charged with the murder of Todd Stover in May, 2000.
Stover's body was found in May of 2000 in a ditch in Greenwood County. The two women were arrested July, 2010 in Joplin, Missouri.
Newsum said at the time of Stover's death, Huddleston, Pischel and another woman, Rhonda Edwards were living together in Park City.
Stover was dating Pischel. In May of this year, Edwards went to Missouri police to give them information about Stover's death. Agent Newsum said after questioning Edwards, he questioned Huddleston. Huddleston confessed to being angry with Stover because he didn't get her an aviation job as he had promised, so she injected him twice with a deadly amount of insulin.
Huddleston told Newsum Stover asked if she injected him with insulin, she said no, it was valium, and told him to go lie down. Newsum testified that Huddleston admitted about four hours later, Stover started having a hard time breathing, so she and Pischel carried him to the garage, where he died. Stover said that's when the two women took him in the trunk of a car and dumped his body along Highway 400 in Greenwood County.
The preliminary hearing continues in Sedgwick County District Court.