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Mother, Daughter Waive Prelim in Antifreeze Murder Case

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Springfield woman and her daughter today bypassed their right to a preliminary hearing on charges they poisoned two of their family members to death with antifreeze.
The murders came to light after an anonymous tip led police to look more closely at the deaths.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Springfield woman and her daughter today bypassed their right to a preliminary hearing on charges they poisoned two of their family members to death with antifreeze.

That means the case against them will go to trial without any of the prosecution's evidence against them being made public beforehand.

Diane and Rachel Staudte are each charged with two counts of first degree murder. 

Mark Staudte, 61, was Diane's husband and Rachel's father.  He died in April 2012.  Just a few months later, in September 2012, Shaun Staudte also died.

Diane and Rachel are accused of of putting antifreeze in the Gatorade both men drank.

The murders came to light after an anonymous tip led police to look more closely at the deaths.  The tip followed the hospitalization in June of Sarah Staudte, Diane's other daughter and Rachel's sister.  Sarah was in a local hospital in seriously condition, also showing signs of having been poisoned.

According to court documents, both women admitted researching how to use use antifreeze to poison someone. 

Both women are due back in court August 16 for arraignment in circuit court.



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