Stone, Capone murder trial could be combined into one trial

COLFAX, WA - The men accused of killing Rachel Anderson have entered not guilty pleas.

The judge in the case will soon announce whether the two men will be tried together, or separately. David Stone was arraigned on Thursday in the Latah County Second District Court, and Anderson's estranged husband, Charles Capone was arraigned last month. Second District Judge Jeff Brudie also heard the prosecution's request to combine the two cases into one.

"Well, it just makes sense," said Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson. "The charges against them are identical, the evidence is identical, and there's really no reason to have to repeat that two times."

Anderson was last seen in April of 2010. Her body hasn't been recovered. Capone and Stone face a number of charges in relation to her disappearance including first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, both of which are felonies. Capone has a tentative trial date for December ninth, but that will likely change if the defendants are tried together.