PRINCETON — Gibson Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Meade Friday scheduled a May 23 hearing for any pending motions in the man accused of murder in connection with the March 2018 death of Samuel Bethe.

According to court records, Jacob L. Wilson, Fort Branch, appeared in court with defense attorney Shaunda Lynch, where Gibson County Prosecutor Michael Cochren asked that any other motions be filed seven days prior to the next hearing. The judge reserved an hour for the 9 a.m. May 23 hearing.

Wilson is scheduled to stand trial for murder beginning June 10 in connection with last spring’s shooting death of Samuel Bethe of Buckskin.

In March, the judge said he expects to call a pool of at least 100 people for prospective jury duty.

Cochren is seeking life without parole as an additional habitual criminal enhancement if Wilson is convicted of the murder charge. He also faces an unrelated Level 6 felony count of strangulation filed after his arrest.

Co-defendant Ashley Robling, Petersburg, is scheduled to stand trial July 22 in Gibson Superior Court.

The couple is accused of killing Bethe, setting his trailer on fire, then stealing his truck and driving to Paducah, Kentucky, and stealing another vehicle. They were arrested in Union County Illinois, after authorities recovered a wrecked stolen car and found them hiding near the vehicle.

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