Trial dates for the two suspects in the murders of a Carthage couple have been set.

 


Trial dates for the two suspects in the murders of a Carthage couple have been set.
 

Matthew Winans, 22, Jasper will stand trial for the murder of rural Carthage residents Bob and Ellen Sheldon either between March 30 and April 8, 2011 or between April 27 and May 6, 2011 baring any major changes or a change of plea before then.

A trial date of Nov. 1, 2010 with a backup date of Feb. 7, 2011 was set for Matthew Laurin, 21, Springfield, Winans’ suspected accomplice, back in February.

There was no mention in the docket on Winans’ case of where the jury in the case would come from.

Jurors for Laurin’s trial will come from Cass County, north of Carthage.

Each man faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of first-degree burglary in the Oct. 11, 2008 slaying of Bob Sheldon, 70, and his wife, Ellen Sheldon, 71, at their home on Black Powder Lane immediately west of Carthage.

Their youngest son, Daniel Sheldon, found the couple in their home on Black Powder Lane west of Carthage.

Investigators said the two were murdered during an attempted burglary at their home.

Winans and Laurin were arrested in July after a nine-month investigation that left investigators and the Sheldon family frustrated at an apparent lack of leads.

Winans and Laurin remain in custody.