Murder suspects waive preliminary hearing

RED CLOUD — A Guide Rock mother and son accused of murder waived their rights to preliminary hearings in Webster County Court and were bound over to district court.
That decision was made during a hearing Friday. Both Shelley Casterline, 41, and Andrew Casterline, 23, are being held without bond.

Shelley and Andrew each face charges of first-degree murder, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and burglary. Nov. 18 was discussed as a tentative date for a district court arraignment.

On Oct. 4, Shelley and Andrew reportedly got into an argument with Virginia "Ginger" Barone, 68, of Guide Rock at her home, which neighbors their residence. Shelley told investigators that she became upset by comments Barone had made about her and her son, according to the arrest affidavit. She allegedly stabbed Barone twice in the back and then 20 times in the torso. Afterward, Barone was dragged into a nearby room and partially covered with boards.

Barone was found by law enforcement after a neighbor called for a welfare check.
Shelley and Andrew allegedly stole Barone's car, money and bank card and fled the area. Andrew was arrested for driving under the influence in Cass County. Shelley bonded him out the following morning, and the two stole another vehicle.

On Oct. 5, the Iowa State Patrol stopped Andrew and Shelley in the stolen vehicle near Newton, Iowa, and arrested them on suspicion of armed robbery in a parking lot in Newton.
Inside the vehicle, investigators allegedly found clothes belonging to Shelley and Andrew with blood stains on them as well as a knife. Officers found numerous cuts on Andrew's right hand and what appeared to be blood under the fingernails.

When arrested, investigators found two bank cards in Barone's name that had been used at least 25 times to access money from Barone's account after her death.

The Nebraska Attorney General's Office is acting as special prosecutor for the case.

First-degree murder is a Class 1A felony punishable by life in prison. Use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony is a Class 2 felony punishable by up to 50 yeas in prison. Burglary and theft, value more than $1,500, are each a Class 3 felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

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