HOWARD COUNTY, Mo. — A woman accused of involuntary manslaughter was set to go before a judge for a preliminary hearing in Howard County Tuesday morning, however her hearing has been delayed.
Harley Branham, 22, of Fayette, is accused of bullying a teenager who attended Glasgow High School, Kenny Suttner, to the point of suicide. Branham was a manager at a Dairy Queen restaurant in Fayette where the pair worked together. Suttner took his own life last December.
A Cornoner’s Jury overseen by Howard County Coroner Frank Flaspohler found that Branham had relentlessly bullied the 17-year-old both at work and through other forms of communication. Branham is charged with felony second degree involuntary manslaughter and additional felony charges of aggravated stalking were added earlier this month.
She is also facing two counts each of third degree assault and harassment by communication causing a person distress. She has not yet entered a plea on the charges, according to court records.
New court dates for Branham have not yet been set.