Nichols also agreed to cooperate with law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office in the prosecutions of Moore and Hodge, which include providing complete and truthful testimony at any deposition, pretrial, plea hearing or trial.
Following the sentencing, a press conference was held. Hertel observed, "This is one more rung in the ladder to get some kind of justice for the family and citizens of Ripley County."
Evans pointed out, "My mom would have seen him as a scared, misguided young man .... She would have forgiven him .... (and) if she had realized what was really going on that night, she would have given them money from her purse."
Moore's trial is set for March 31, and Hodge's is scheduled for July 7 in Ripley Circuit Court.
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