WHITLEY COUNTY -- A Williamsburg man and woman facing murder charges were in court Thursday for a pre-trial conference before their jury trial which is scheduled to begin Nov. 19.
Chris James Lowe, 40, and Lori Mattie, 39, returned to Whitley Circuit Court before Judge Paul Winchester Thursday morning. The pair, alongside and at the advice of their counsel, once again rejected plea offers from the Commonwealth.
Commonwealth's Attorney Ronnie Bowling reminded each of them that they had chosen to reject the offer and that he didn't want to deal with this down the road.
Lowe and Mattie were arrested July 24, 2017, in connection to the death of Michelle Marlow, 36, of Williamsburg, whose body was found in the bedroom of an Old Mud Creek Road residence following a 911 complaint lying in the road near the home. When troopers arrived at the scene, there was no woman to be found. Instead, troopers located a trail of blood leading to a nearby residence.
Upon nearing the home, law enforcement could hear someone inside and visibly noticed blood inside the residence. Once inside the home, the victim, identified as Marlow, was found deceased inside a bedroom.
Lowe was located inside another bedroom of the home with a large amount of blood on him. Mattie was located in a bathroom, also with a large amount of blood on her.
Detectives interviewed a witness who allegedly stated that they observed Lowe and Mattie striking Marlow in the head with a stick. Another witness told a detective they allegedly watched Lowe dragging Marlow, unresponsive, into the home.
The day following the incident, a search warrant was executed at Lowe's residence, where a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun, a shotgun hull, a wooden stick and broken pieces of a wooden stick were located and seized.
Lowe and Mattie both remain jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.