The soldier from Fort Leonard Wood accused of killing another soldiers wife last year has been referred for court martial, the military equivalent of a criminal trial.
Specialist Jermaine Johnson is accused of killing Myria Silva last October after he became irate when another man texted the woman while they were having sex.
Prosecutors say that Johnson beat Myria up and told her he would take her to the hospital..... instead he took Silva on a rambling car ride, and slit the young mother's throat then dumped her body in an abandoned farmhouse near Niangua.
Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned next Thursday, March 5th, at 8 a.m. at Fort Wood where he will enter a plea.
Inside sources close to the case have indicated that Johnson is expected to plead guilty to Silva's brutal murder at a separate sentencing hearing in exchange for a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
*****UPDATE: Johnson's arraignment was rescheduled for Friday March 6th at 1 p.m.
The formal araignment of a soldier stationed at Fort Leonard accused of killing a fellow soldiers wife was over in a matter of minutes.
Tiffany Wood spokeswoman for the post says the hearing for Spc. Jermaine Johnson lasted about 10 minutes.
On the advice of his attorney's Spc. Johnson deferred entering a plea.
What that means is that it gives Johnson and his attorney's a little longer to decide how they want to proceed to trial, and preserves any and all motions available to him under the military court.
If they decide they want a judge to hear the case, Colonel Charles Hayes will be the sitting judge. If they decide they want a group of Johnson's peers to hear the case then a jury of his peers will be assembled.
Johnson's trial is scheduled to begin on May 18th at the post.