Woman ordered to stand trial in killing of son’s friend

Michelle Antoinette Filby

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 43-year-old woman has been ordered to stand trial in the fatal 2007 shooting of her son’s teenage friend in Topeka.

A Shawnee County judge found sufficient evidence Monday for Michelle Antoinette Filby to be tried on a second-degree murder charge in the killing of 16-year-old Michael Torneden.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Torneden’s death originally was reported as a possible suicide but was ruled a homicide after an autopsy.

Filby’s son, Lance Olsson, testified that his mother said the shooting was an accident. Olsson had talked to Torneden beforehand. Olsson said Torneden talked about wanting to resume high school. The pair planned to walk to school the next day.

Filby was arrested in May in Torrance, California. Her trial is scheduled to start in February.



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