Accused Murderer in Anna Cardwell Case Faces a Judge
A first step in what's sure to be a long road to closure for the family of an Elmore County woman murdered earlier this year -- her accused murderer faces a judge.
Joshua Caspari told an Elmore County Circuit Court judge he is not guilty by reason of insanity on robbery and burglary charges. The prosecution said he committed those crimes leading up to the murder of 20-year-old Anna Cardwell.
He allegedly stole cash and firearms, possibly used in Cardwell's murder, according to the Elmore County District Attorney's office.
Cardwell was shot and killed in her Holtville home in February. Investigators said Caspari was mad that Cardwell was interferring with his romantic relationship with her friend.
Caspari was charged with capitol murder in the case, but he has not yet been indicted.
"With a capitol murder case, there's just more hoops to jump through and as part of the State of Alabama, we want to make sure all the i's are dotted and all the t's are crossed before we go forward," Elmore Co. Deputy District Attorney C.J. Robinson explained.
Robinson said the case will be presented to the grand jury, who will decide whether to indict him, as soon as the investigation is complete.
Grand jury meets only two more times this year in July and September.
Robinson is hopeful the case will go to the grand jury before the end of the year.