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Too Early To Tell For Death Penalty In George Joseph Case

Cape Girardeau Police Department

George Joseph appeared briefly in Cape Girardeau County court via teleconference on Monday. He will be back in court for a probable cause hearing on July 19.

Joseph is charged with killing his wife and son, Mary and Matthew Joseph, on May 30.

His defense attorney Bryan Greaser said prosecutors are still in the fact-finding portion of their investigation, and the July hearing will be the first chance for the defense to hear all of the evidence against Joseph.

Greaser said it's still far too early to tell if prosecutors will seek the death penalty. He said no other charges have been filed regarding Joseph's financial dealing.

According to a probable cause statement, Joseph told police he murdered his wife and son then tried to kill himself to spare his family from the shame of financial ruin.

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