A Thomas County judge on Monday found enough evidence to try William Shank on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated arson and burglary.
Shank is charged with killing 27-year-old Teri Morris, who worked at a Walmart in Colby and as an emergency medical technician. A coroner’s report said Morris had been stabbed 27 times before her Colby home was set on fire.
Authorities said the two were contesting custody of their 8-month-old daughter. The baby was with Shank when he later called police from a home in Logan.
Shank, who has lived in Garden City and Colby, pleaded not guilty Monday.