A judge has ruled that there is enough evidence against a Laclede County man for him to stand trial for his wife's murder.
Hunters found a black tote type tool box on the opening day of firearm deer season last November. When they couldn't open the box, that was emitting a foul odor, they called 911
Authorities had to use bolt cutters to remove some chains and to get the lock off of the box. What they found inside was pretty disturbing.....the body of a woman that had been encased in about six hundred pounds of concrete.
After nearly a month of not being able to identify the woman, Sheriff Richard Wrinkle appealed to the public for help in identifying the woman in the box.
Wrinkle said that a tip came in that led them to question 54 year-old Horst Sabla.
According to the probable cause statement filed with the charges against Horst Sabla, he admitted to investigators that he shot his wife, Sharon, in the head on August 9, 2008.
He then allegedly placed Sharon Sabla's body in a black tote type tool box, filled it with lime and then poured concrete on top of her.
He told authorities that he kept the the concrete filled toolbox that held his wife's remains for several months before dumping it down a hill on AA near Lebanon.
Horst Sabla is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the case. He is scheduled to be arraigned in circuit court on February 23rd.
Laclede County prosecutor Angie Hemphill-Wright has not made public whether she will seek the death penalty in the case.
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