Hearing For Man Accused In 1984 Death Held Today

A man charged with capital murder after an Eldon girl went missing in 1984 had an evidence hearing today [Tuesday] in Laclede County.

Martin Priest is charged in the death of Tammy Rothganger. Priest was Rothganger’s mother’s boyfriend at the time of her disappearance. She was last seen getting into a vehicle with Priest and another man. Her body has never been found.

When Priest was charged in Rothganger’s death, he was serving a life sentence in Kansas on a separate murder charge.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for October 1, with the trial to October 3.

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