Murder trial of Perry, Mo., woman postponed

Posted: May. 7, 2014 9:40 pm Updated: May. 21, 2014 11:14 pm

CENTER, Mo. -- A Perry woman facing a second-degree murder charge in the 2011 heroin death of a Ralls County woman was granted a continuance in her case during a Tuesday hearing in Ralls County Circuit Court.

Christina M. Schlalk, 32, was scheduled to go on trial May 20, but that trial has been postponed. Schalk was granted a continuance by Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd. Schalk will next be in court June 3 for a scheduling conference. She faces between 10 and 30 years in prison if convicted.

Schalk is accused of delivering heroin to Karen S. Caldwell, 47, on Oct. 25, 2011. Caldwell died in her home three days later. Schalk originally was charged with involuntary manslaugher and delivery of a controlled substance. Those charges are still pending.

Schalk is also facing second-degree burglary and theft charges after she was arrested in connection with a July 8 burglary of The Junction convenience store in Perry. She has a third case pending where she has been charged with four counts of felony theft and eight counts of felony forgery stemming from an Aug. 23 arrest.

Schalk is being held in the Marion County Jail.