Prelim hearing set in connection to Salina woman’s death

A preliminary hearing to determine if there’s enough evidence to try a man in the death of a Salina woman -  is set for August first.

KSAL radio reports that 24-year-old Joel Heil appeared via closed-circuit video Thursday morning in Saline County District Court.

He’s charged with first-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Kristin Tyler.

The mother of four was missing two weeks before her body was found May 9th in a ravine off Interstate 135 in rural Saline County.

The preliminary hearing was scheduled for August to give Heil’s attorney time to gather information about the case, including obtaining autopsy results.

Heil also faces felony drug and battery charges in an unrelated case.

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