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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Murder case going to trial

  • Defendant set for January trial.
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  • A Shawnee man charged in his wife's shooting death is scheduled for a jury trial Jan. 13.
     
    Justin Dewayne Byus, 25, is formally charged in the death of Cathy Byus, 35, and is accused of causing her death by shooting her with a .40-caliber pistol, documents show.
     
    She was found dead March 21 in her Granada Estates home at 27 Bella Vista in Shawnee.
     
    The official cause of her death was ruled by the medical examiner as multiple gunshot wounds, with manner of death confirmed as homicide.
     
    The arrest warrant in this case shows a friend of the defendant called police after the suspect called to confide in him that he had allegedly shot and killed Cathy Byus sometime during the overnight hours.
     
    When Shawnee police arrived there and searched the home, they found the body of Cathy Byus in the bed of the master bedroom. Police also found the couple's son, James, a toddler, unharmed in another bedroom.
     
    Cathy Byus grew up in Bethel Acres and graduated from Bethel High School in 1995. Her graveside funeral services were held in Southwest City, Mo., where her parents also are interred.
     
    Her parents, Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, were murdered in 2010 while vacationing in New Mexico after three inmates escaped from an Arizona prison. Their deaths occurred months after Cathy and Justin Byus married in May 2010.
     
    If convicted of first-degree murder, Justin Byus could face the death penalty, imprisonment for life, or life without parole.
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