NASHVILLE - A Washington County grand jury returned four felony counts, including three alleging first-degree murder, against Clay B. Maxwell, 51, of Hoyleton.
He is accused of killing of Lauren Brooke Castellari, 27, of Centralia in April.
The bill of indictment, which also included a single count of concealment of homicidal death, was announced Thursday in Circuit Judge Dennis Hatch's court during a status hearing for the defendant.
Maxwell and defense attorney Brian K. Trentman waived a formal arraignment.
Castellari's corpse was pulled from a quarry lake south of Nashville in early May. She was apparently killed when struck in the head with an unknown object on April 19.
A chain was wrapped around her waist and padlocked, and her body was submerged into the quarry lake at 18251 Mississippi Road, according to court documents.
The defendant has pleaded not guilty to all counts. Hatch approved a motion for the appointment of Kevin McClain as a defense investigator. The court is awaiting further information before a request for a pathologist filed by the defense is ruled upon.
Land owners found Castellari's body on May 4 and notified authorities. She was eventually identified through the use of dental records. She had been missing since mid-April.
Maxwell was arrested and charged in May. He was denied bond and is incarcerated in the Washington County jail.