Daugherty Pleads Not Guilty to Wife's Murder

Stephen L. Daugherty being accompanied out of court by his attorney Bill Bristow. Daugherty, right, plead not guilty on a charge that he killed his wife, Shari Daugherty, on November 18. (KAIT/S.Tyner)
Stephen L. Daugherty being accompanied out of court by his attorney Bill Bristow. Daugherty, right, plead not guilty on a charge that he killed his wife, Shari Daugherty, on November 18. (KAIT/S.Tyner)

December 30, 2002
Posted at: 12:57 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- A Jonesboro man accused of killing his wife back in November made his first circut court apperance Monday afternoon.

Stephen L. Daugherty appeared in court to enter his plea on first-degree murder charges stemming from the death of his wife, Shari Daugherty, on November 18. Stephen Daugherty plead not guilty.

"Today was his first appearance to have dates set for trial," Prosecuting Attorney Mike Walden said. "He's been given a scheduling order that sets his case.

"We entered a plea of not guilty," Bill Bristow, Daugherty's attorney, said. "The matter was set for jury trial in April, and that was all that took place."

The trial date was set for April 21, 2003. Meanwhile a motions hearing is scheduled for April 29, according to Bristow.

Stephen Daugherty is currently free on a $150,000 bond which was posted shortly after his arrest.