At a joint press conference earlier today, St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar and the O’Fallon Police Department announced that Pamela Hupp had been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Louis R. Gumpenberger.
On August 16, O’Fallon police responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Little Brave after a report of a burglary in progress. According to KMOV’s live coverage of the press conference, police investigation determined that Hupp’s original story that she did not know the intruder, and that he held a knife to her throat, was untrue.
“She hatched a plot to find an innocent victim and to murder this innocent victim in an apparent effort to frame somebody else,” St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar said at the press conference.
Hupp apparently tried to kill herself with a ballpoint pen while in police custody, and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
According to Missouri Case.net, Hupp was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one charge of armed criminal action. Bond was set at $2 million dollars, cash only, 10 percent not authorized.
Hupp was a key figure in the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria, just hours after Hupp signed a beneficiary form for Faria’s $150,000 life insurance policy. Hupp created a trust for Faria’s daughters, but revoked the trust in 2013 after Betsy Faria’s husband, Russ Faria, was convicted of the murder. Russ Faria was later retried and acquitted.