52-year-old Charles Capone and 50-year-old David Stone are both facing several charges in Latah County for their alleged roles in the disappearance and death of Rachael Anderson, a mother of four who vanished April 16th, 2010. Capone and Anderson were in the process of getting divorced when she went missing.
On Thursday presiding 2nd District Judge Jeff Brudie denied a request to combine trials for the two men.
Latah County Prosecutor William Thompson had requested the two trials be combined at a hearing last week.
According to the defense, the ruling stated that the court found the risk of unfair prejudice to one or both of the defendants to be greater than judicial economy.
At the hearing last week, Thompson said he anticipated each trial to last about four weeks, with identical evidence and witnesses. Adding that he believed it was in the best interest of judicial economy to try the two men together.
The men are charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, failure to notify a coroner or law enforcement officer about a death and conspiracy to commit failure to notify a coroner or law enforcement officer about a death. Both men have pleaded innocent to the charges.
Capone is set for trial December 9th in front of 2nd District Judge Michael Griffin. Brudie will oversee Stone’s trial, but initially opted against setting a date pending his decision on whether to combine the two trials.