McIntosh county woman charged with desecration after mother's body found in garage
BY JERRY FINK World Correspondent
Friday, November 30, 2012
11/30/12 at 3:36 AM
EUFAULA - The daughter of a woman who was found wrapped in a sheet in a garage this week has been charged with desecration of a human corpse.
Shelly Maytubby, 52, pleaded not guilty to the charge Wednesday before Associate District Judge Jim Pratt.
Maytubby's bail was set at $50,000 and a preliminary hearing slated for Jan. 23.
Maytubby was arrested Tuesday on complaints of unlawfully disposing of human remains, obstructing an officer, disrupting an investigation and financial exploitation by a caretaker.
McIntosh County Assistant District Attorney Crieg Rittenhouse said the investigation is ongoing and that other charges could be filed.
Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death of Erlene McCune, 79, who was living in an assisted living facility in Lawrence, Kan., two months ago when Maytubby checked her out and brought her to a mobile home in rural McIntosh County.
Detective Jared West said he began investigating the case last week after family members contacted the Sheriff's Office and asked for a welfare check.
They had not been in contact with McCune for two weeks.
West said a large sum of cash that was found in the mobile home might have belonged to McCune, who suffered from dementia.
West said Maytubby told him that her mother had died of natural causes and that she didn't want to take her to a funeral home so she put the corpse in the garage adjacent to the mobile home.
Original Print Headline: Woman charged with desecration
Shelly Maytubby: She was arrested Tuesday on complaints of unlawfully disposing of human remains, obstructing an officer, disrupting an investigation and financial exploitation by a caretaker after her mother's body was found in a garage near her mobile home. She pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of desecration of a corpse