A sentence hearing for a Rolla man found guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, will continue next month.
The hearing for Brent Curtis Schwertz, who was found guilty of the two charges by a jury in April in the death of Tracy Louise Weber, began June 10 and will continue Wednesday, July 10, after a request for a Sentencing After Revocation (SAR) report was made, according to the Pulaski County Circuit Clerk’s Office.
The trial was moved to Pulaski County on a change of venue request.
Missouri state statute outlines the penalty for first-degree murder, a capital offense, as death or imprisonment for life without eligibility for probation or parole.
According to Missouri case.net, David Mills, Schwertz’s legal counsel, filed a motion of mistrial and motion of acquittal in May, but no action has been taken on those motions, according to the circuit clerk’s office.
The hearing is being presided over by Judge William E. Hickle.
Schwertz was arrested Feb. 11, 2010, shortly after Weber, 40, was shot in the chest at their home, located two miles south of Rolla in the 14000 block of County Road 5010.
Weber was a well-known hairstylist who worked at Studio K Hair Salon and Fashion Boutique in St. James. She died that night en route to a Springfield hospital as she was being air-evacuated from the scene.