Gardner waives prelim; Arraignment is set

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By Shane Farley
June 13, 2017 - 4:47:26 pm

Zachary Gardner, of Winfield, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on a second-degree murder charge he faces in connection with the January death of his wife.

Last week, the court was informed of Gardnerís decision to skip a preliminary hearing and proceed to arraignment. It is not uncommon for a defendant to make such a decision.

Gardner will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. July 24 in the Cowley County Dist. courtroom of Judge Nick St. Peter. It will be the first time Gardner is asked to enter a formal plea to the charge against him.

Gardner, 33, remains in the Cowley County Jail with bond set at $500,000.

In January, Gardner was arrested in connection with the death of his wife, 33-year-old Melissa Gardner. She died during a weekend incident at a residence at 504 E. Fourth in Winfield.

Police believe Melissa Gardner died as the result of a gunshot wound.

Officers arrived at the home to find Melissa Gardner dead. Zachary Gardner was nearby and was placed under arrest.

A preliminary hearing would have given Gardner an opportunity to hear a portion of the state's evidence against him presented in open court.

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