Former restaurant manager accused of driving Glasgow teen to suicide has hearing pushed back

| August 23, 2017
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HOWARD COUNTY, Mo. — A woman accused of bullying a Glasgow teen to the point that he took his own life was set to appear in a Howard County court room Wednesday morning, however a hearing for 21-year-old Harley Branham has been pushed back to later this fall.

Harley Branham (Photo courtesy Columbia Daily Tribune)

Branham is charged with second degree involuntary manslaughter in the December 2016 suicide death of Glasgow High School student Kenny Suttner.

Branham was Suttner’s manager at a Dairy Queen in Fayette. She was indicted following a coroner’s jury inquest in January. Excerpts from Suttner’s journal read at the inquest earlier this year painted a picture of a restaurant manager who bullied and tormented the teen at every opportunity, as KMZU News originally reported in January. Co-workers of Suttner’s at the Dairy Queen also testified that the teen was subjected to abuse by Branham on a regular basis.

Kenneth Suttner

 

Branham said at the Jury Inquest, “There’s a lot of people at Dairy Queen saying I was the reason he killed himself but I don’t understand why it would be that way,” according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.

If found guilty and convicted, Branham could face up to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

She will appear before a judge in Howard County on Wednesday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

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