St. Maries Murder Suspect To Undergo Mental Health Evaluation
ST. MARIES, Idaho - Murder charges have been filed in Benewah County against Melisa Bates for killing Robert Marek.
According to the criminal complaint Bates, 27, who is Marek's niece, is accused of killing Robert Marek by shooting him with a gun and hitting him with a metal rod. The prosecutor says she then tried to dispose of the body by burning it.
Benewah County prosecutor Douglas Payne says Bates was arrested in Lakeview Tuesday afternoon. She has a home in Bayview but had been staying with her uncle and was a suspect because she was the last person with Marek before he went missing. Payne wouldn't say if they have determined a motive for murder.
Early Tuesday morning, Benewah County Sheriff's deputies came to Marek's home to check on a missing person report because Marek had failed to show up for work the day before. While on scene, deputies found "human remains". The body was later identified as Robert Marek through dental records.
Bates was scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment Wednesday morning, but the judged postponed that hearing for 30 days to complete a mental health evaluation. Bates could be heard in the halls of the courtroom yelling uncontrollably from her holding cell upstairs.
Payne says Bates will be held at a mental health institution in Lewiston.
This web story was filed by KHQ Reporter Mike Perry
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