(EL DORADO, Kan.) -

An Augusta woman arrested for manslaughter after a body was found in her backyard is now charged with first-degree murder.

Susan May made her first appearance in a Butler County courtroom Wednesday afternoon. Prosecutors said May intentionally shot Richard Hrejsa sometime around September 18th and left his body on her property. His decomposing body was found Monday evening after authorities were called to May's home for a welfare check.

May was also charged with trying to keep law enforcement from finding out or investigating Hresja's death, trying to get control of a dead body illegally, and deliberately trying to keep a deputy from serving a legal warrant.

The latter charges are misdemeanors that carry sentences including jail-time and a fines.

The first-degree murder charge carries a possible sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

May's bond was set at $250,000. She was ordered not to leave Butler County if she bonds out, and she is not allowed to have contact with anyone on the potential witness list, including her daughter.

An evidentiary hearing was set for October 31st at 9:30 a.m. There will be a status hearing on October 21st at 1 p.m.

Susan May was involved in a shooting of her former boyfriend at the same home in 2000/01. She claimed self defense. Butler County court records also show an altercation between Hrejsa and May in 2008. He was charged with punching her in the face multiple times.


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