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Scott City man charged with murder of his mother was back in court for a May charge of assault against the now deceased victim

Sep 26, 2013 -- 4:17pm

A Scott City man charged with the murder of his mother was back in court Wednesday on a related charge where allegedly threatened her and her husband with a machete in May. 25-year-old Neil Howland Jr. is charged with four felonies in connection with the Aug. 7 death of his mother, Cynthia Canoy of Scott City. Howland is charged with first-degree murder, abandonment of a corpse, tampering with evidence and knowingly burning the body -- all felonies -- in connection with his mother's death. Howland appeared in court Wednesday for preliminary hearings on those charges and a separate unlawful use of a weapon charge. Howland was charged with Cynthia Canoy's murder, while in jail for the unlawful use of weapons charges. In August, crews responding to a car fire off County Road 323 discovered a body identified at Canoy’s in the car and an autopsy revealed she had died before the fire. Howland is charged with killing Canoy by strangling her with a dog leash. Howland's girlfriend, 24-year-old Tiffany Warner, also faces charges in connection with Canoy's death. She is charged with tampering with evidence and has a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 23rd.  Howland waved formal arraignment in August for the murder charges, and will is scheduled to be back in court  Nov. 19th

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