MIAMI COUNTY — The final pre-trial conference regarding Richard Terrel’s role in the disappearance and murder of William York in May 2015 was held on Tuesday.
No action was taken before the court on Tuesday. The four-day jury trial is set to begin Oct. 25.
The trial has been continued several times due to conflicting schedules for the prosecutor’s expert witnesses and Terrel’s court-appointed counsel Jay Adams, as well as technological issues that hampered Judge Christopher Gee’s ability to review police interview tapes.
On May 12, Judge Gee denied Terrel’s request to suppress statements made during a six-hour interview with law enforcement on June 3, 2015. The statements were made before he was arrested and charged with the murder of William York Sr., 88, of Tipp City.
He was indicted on charges of murder, fifth-degree felony abuse of a corpse, third-degree felony tampering with evidence and second-degree felonious assault in connection with the case.
On April 25, Terrel’s girlfriend Hope Earnshaw-York entered a plea of no contest to felony charges in connection with the murder of her grandfather.
Earnshaw-York was found guilty of felony abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. She also pleaded no contest to three counts of receiving stolen property regarding several guns that were stolen from her grandfather prior to his death.
Earnshaw-York could face up to nine years in prison. Her sentencing date will also be delayed due to the jury trial being rescheduled. According to recent court documents, she is set to be sentenced Nov. 7.
The couple lived with York in his Tipp City home. York, 88, was reported missing on May 30, 2015. His body was found on June 3, 2-15, in a park in Union, Ky. Officials ruled York’s cause of death as blunt force trauma to the back of the head.
In other court news:
Logan Ford, 25, of Troy, entered a plea of guilty to fourth-degree felony aggravated assault and receiving stolen property in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.
Ford entered the plea on a bill of information. State prosecutors dropped the third-degree felony tampering with evidence charge and reduced the aggravated assault to a fourth-degree charge.
Ford was accused of pistol-whipping one person and threatening another with a handgun on Sept. 10.
The incident reportedly took place on the 600 block of North College Street when there was a report of a man threatening people in a residence. The Piqua Police Department obtained a search warrant to search a home for the weapon used in this incident. The weapon believed to have been used, a Colt .45 handgun, was reportedly recovered. The handgun was also loaded when it was found.
Ford is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on a reduced bond of $50,000 cash or surety. His sentencing was set for Nov. 28.
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