MIAMI COUNTY — On Friday, Miami County Sheriff’s Office Major Steve Lord and Tipp City Police Department’s Detective Sgt. Christopher Graham took the stand in a motion to suppress evidence hearing concerning defendant Richard Terrel’s constitutional rights during hours of interviews and questioning on June 3 and June 9.
Terrel was indicted in July 2015 for the alleged murder of his girlfriend Hope Earnshaw-York’s grandfather, William York Sr., and other felony charges.
For her alleged role in the case, Earnshaw-York, 24, has been charged with fifth-degree abuse of a corpse and third-degree tampering with evidence. The trial for the couple is set to begin April 26.
Following three hours of testimony, Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee granted Terrel’s attorney Jay Adams and Miami County Prosecutor Anthony Kendell six weeks to respond to the hearing’s findings.
The defense’s motions to suppress involved four audio and video recordings from Terrel’s initial interviews with detectives on June 3 and June 9. Judge Gee stated he would make a ruling once the parties submitted their responses in the six-week time frame.
The recorded interviews include: Terrel being questioned by Sgt. Graham and Major Lord for nearly six hours after Terrel and Hope Earnshaw York were stopped in Butler Township around 3 a.m. on June 3; the one-and-a-half hour police car ride to Union, Ky., to locate York Sr.’s body on June 3; an interview with Major Lord at Miami County Sheriff’s Office during the evening of June 3; and an interview with Sgt. Graham and Miami County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jason Moore on June 9.
York, 88, was reported missing from his Tipp City home on May 30. His body was found on June 3 in a park in Union, Ky. Officials ruled York’s cause of death as blunt force trauma to the back of the head.
Terrel has been charged with York’s murder, fifth-degree felony abuse of a corpse, third-degree felony tampering with evidence, and second-degree felonious assault in connection to the case. Terrel also is charged with three counts of fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property charges for the alleged theft and sale of York Sr.’s guns in May.
Terrel remains in Miami County Jail with a $760,000 bond.
Earnshaw-York has also been charged receiving stolen property related to the alleged theft and sale of guns in the case. She remains in Miami County Jail on a $150,000 bond.