A judge has ruled that a jury pool from St. Charles County will hear the murder trial of Shon Andrew Pernice, an Independence paramedic who authorities say killed his wife.

A judge has ruled that a jury pool from St. Charles County will hear the murder trial of Shon Andrew Pernice, an Independence paramedic who authorities say killed his wife.

A Clay County grand jury in May indicted Pernice on one count of first degree murder.

Last month, attorneys for Pernice filed a motion that argued the jury should be from Boone County, or the Columbia area. Clay County prosecutors argued jurors should come from Greene County, or the Springfield area.

The judge decided on St. Charles County, which is just northwest of St. Louis.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 20.

The indictment accuses Pernice of killing his wife, Renee Pernice, on Jan. 1, 2009, in Clay County. Her body has not been found.

Shon Pernice worked as an Independence firefighter. He had been suspended. It’s unknown if the department has terminated Pernice or if he remains on suspension.

Fire Chief Sandy Schiess said on Thursday that she cannot comment on personnel matters.

A judge set Pernice’s bond at $1 million, and he remains in custody.