Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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January 3, 2014

Trials loom for six area defendants


Ison, 48, Glenwood, pled guilty to killing Roy and Angie Napier, two of their children and a neighbor Sept. 25, 2011, at 24015 Stipps Hill Road, Laurel. He was sentenced by Franklin Circuit Court Judge Steven Cox to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole March 14, 2012.

On Jan. 5, 2013, three individuals, Allison Moore, then 22, and two 15-year-old males (Sean Nichols and Daniel Hodge) from Colerain Township, Cincinnati, were arrested for the Dec. 30, 2012, murder of Nancy Hershman, 68, Milan.

After breaking into Hershman’s house, the trio were confronted by her. During a struggle with a .40-caliber handgun, Moore allegedly shot Hershman in the head, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Ripley Circuit Court Jan. 7, 2013.

On Dec. 17, 2013, the defense’s motion for a change of venue for Moore was denied by the court, Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel revealed. In addition, the defense filed a motion for a test jury, which was also denied on that same day. Moore’s trial is set for March 31 at 9 a.m. in Ripley Circuit Court. The defendant is in the Ripley County Jail.

Hodge and Nichols, who also are incarcerated there, will be tried as adults in the same court. Hodge’s trial is set for July 7 at 9 a.m. Hertel said he is in negotiations with the defense regarding Nichols. A possible plea and sentencing is set for Jan. 28.

Jesse Sparks, 20, Laurel, was charged with two Class B felony counts of armed robbery and two Class D felony counts of theft after allegedly robbing two Ripley County establishments, Huck’s gas station, Batesville, and Youngman’s Marathon, Napoleon, Jan. 31, 2013. He was also charged with armed robbery and theft in Rush County. Now in the Ripley County Jail, his trial is set for Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. in Ripley Circuit Court, the prosecutor noted.



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