Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

January 14, 2013

Murder trial to begin June 17

Debbie Blank
The Herald-Tribune

— The murder trial of Allison Moore, 22, Colerain Township, Ohio, will begin June 17 in Ripley Circuit Court, Judge Carl Taul decided during Moore’s Jan. 14 initial hearing.

Moore allegedly shot Nancy Hershman, 68, in the head area during a struggle with a .40-caliber handgun at her Milan home Dec. 30 around 1 a.m., according to a probable cause affidavit filed in that court Jan. 7.

The defendant waived extradition in a Jan. 9 hearing in Hamilton County, Ohio, and was transported to the Ripley County Jail, Versailles, reported Sgt. Noel Houze, Indiana State Police Versailles District public information officer.

During the 20-minute initial hearing, Prosecutor Ric Hertel reported Moore entered a plea of not guilty to the charges of murder and two Class B felonies, conspiracy to commit burglary  and burglary of a dwelling.

Taul denied bond. “That was what was hoped for. We feel it was appropriate,” the prosecutor said.

The judge also appointed an attorney for her, Mark Jones, Batesville.

Several members of the Hershman family were at the hearing, “very interested to see what happens. They want to be very involved and know what’s going on. That’s expected in this type of case.”

Since the crime occurred, one of the two other alleged perpetrators, 15-year-old males from Colerain Township, turned 16, according to Hertel. The pair face a Jan. 15 hearing in Hamilton County dealing with extradition issues so they can be brought to an Indiana juvenile detention facility,  then Hertel said he plans to file a petition to waive them into adult court because of the seriousness of the charges.

The two persons who stayed in the vehicle during the murder have not been charged with any crimes yet. “I think it’s possible” they could be, the prosecutor said. “The decision has not been made yet ... The door is still open.”