Preliminary hearing set for Salina murder suspect

Charged with first-degree murder.
Charged with first-degree murder.

SALINA, Kansas (AP) – A preliminary hearing to determine if there’s enough evidence to try a man in the death of a Salina woman is set for Aug. 1.

KSAL-AM 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 9 in a ravine off Interstate 135 in rural Saline County.

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

Heil also faces felony drug and battery charges in an unrelated case. He’s jailed on a $1 million bond. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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