Duo connected to Alabama homicide appear in Kenosha Co. Court on shoplifting and obstruction charges
Matthew Thrasher, 33, and Stephanie Underwood, 30, also appeared in Kenosha County court Thursday morning on charges of retail theft and obstruction.
The state dropped those misdemeanors against Underwood, as well as Thrasher's obstruction charge.
But, a Kenosha county judge found Thrasher guilty of retail theft after entering the same plea. Judge Mary Kay Wagner credited Thrasher's nine days in jail as time served for the crime.
Kenosha County police say the duo, from Blount County, Ala., was caught stealing booze and energy drinks from a local grocery store, when another officer investigating a nearby parking complaint heard the call.
The suspects were from Alabama and the car was connected to a missing person's case there.
Two detectives and the prosecutor from Blount County, Ala., came to Kenosha earlier this week. However, local detectives led the investigation.
The criminal complaint states the Thrasher and Underwood eventually admitted they were involved in the missing man's beating death.
\"During the interview process, the Alabama authorities [here] were in constant contact with authorities in Alabama to help them locate the area where the body was possibly dumped,\" said Lt. Brad Hetlet with Kenosha police. \"And they, in fact, did locate a body eventually.\"
A third man in Alabama has been charged with murder.
Right now, Thrasher and Underwood face car theft charges related to the case.
Authorities tell us it could take up to two weeks for the pair to be picked up and taken back to Alabama.