Prosecutor: “Tortured” Relationship Between Accused Murderers and Victim


Two people accused in a murder plot were arraigned Wednesday morning in a Jefferson County courtroom.

Michael Shane and Summer Malyshev both plead not guilty, Malyshev by reason of insanity.

Co-defendants Shane and Malyshev are being kept separate from each other at the Jeffereson County Jail as-well-as at all court proceedings so they don’t try to corroborate stories. 

Police say they have a long history with each other as well as murder victim Stephanie Pytash. A history and relationships that Prosecutor Jane Hanlin calls “tortured”

“There were personal relationships between Mr. Shane and the victim who is deceased and with his co-defendant. The deceased and the female co-defendant certainly knew each other as well. It’s a very complicated situation, but it isn’t a case where you had a random individual who was selected. These people knew each other and we believe they planned to do this,” said Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin.

Pytash’s burned remains were found in a fire pit at a home in Toronto just a few weeks ago after a more than seven month search.

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