Lauren Gabbard

A Ray County resident spent time in court on Wednesday.  Lauren Gabbard, 23, has been charged with murder, burglary, and stealing in connection to the death of a Richmond woman in late May.  The body of Michelle Rheuport, 40, was found inside her residence in the 400 block of Farris Avenue on the morning of May 23.  Two other suspects charged in the case, Brandon Simpson, 25, and James Gant, 25, will return to court Tuesday, July 17.  Gabbard’s attorney asked Circuit Judge David Miller Wednesday to set a jury trial before the end of the year.  Due to other pending cases and scheduling conflicts, Judge Miller decided to set a pre-trial conference for Sept. 5 at 9:00 a.m.