A date was set Monday for the state to present evidence against a Cape Girardeau man accused of shooting his wife and son to death before turning the gun on himself. 48-year old George Joseph appeared via video before Cape County Judge Gary Kamp on Monday, when a preliminary hearing was scheduled for July 24. Joseph faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action in connection with the May 30 shooting deaths of his wife, Mary, and 18-year-old son, Matthew. At an arraignment hearing June 10, Kamp ruled Joseph was not indigent and gave him two weeks to hire an attorney. Joseph admitted to Sgt. Don Perry of the Cape Girardeau Police Department that he killed his family, then shot himself in the head while standing in the middle of a swimming pool at his home at 1220 W. Cape Rock Drive, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed in the case. Joseph was facing significant financial issues. Several people have approached the Cape Girardeau Police Department with concerns since Joseph's arrest. Joseph's defense lawyer, Bryan Greaser said at Monday's hearing that it's too early to say much about the case, including whether more charges are on the way.
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