Milan Murder Trial Continued At Last Minute
By Mike Perleberg
(Versailles, Ind.) – Allison Moore will wait a while longer to go on trial for the murder of Milan resident Nancy Hershman.
Allison Moore, 23, from Colerain Township, Ohio, faces life in prison without parole for charges of Murder, Burglary of a Dwelling, and Conspiracy to Commit Burglary.
Moore along with two teenage boys allegedly broke into the 68-year-old Hershman’s home during the early morning hours of December 30, 2012. Awaken by the noise, the homeowner confronted the three. Prosecutors say that’s when Moore shot Hershman and the group fled.
As of Friday morning, jury selection was scheduled to begin Monday in Ripley Circuit Court. However, late Friday afternoon the judge ordered the trial to be continued until a later date, according to the Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office.
If and when the case does make it to trial, testimony is expected to include Indiana State Police investigators, family members, and a robbery victim who helped police identify the suspects. The star witness could be one of the teen boys: 16-year-old Sean David Nichols.
In January, Nichols pleaded guilty to charges of and was sentenced to 50 years for his role in the break-in. Thirty years will be served in prison followed by 20 more on probation. Nichols’ plea agreement said he must testify against Moore – who he claimed he did not know prior to the night of the burglary and murder – during her trial.
Moore’s attorney had motioned for a change of trial venue and for a test jury last December, but Judge Carl Taul denied the requests. The defense argued that because of the case’s high profile, it would be difficult for Moore to receive a fair trial in Ripley County.
The second teen suspect, Daniel Hodges, 17, is scheduled to go to jury trial in Ripley County on July 7.
Following Nichols’ sentencing, Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel said that plea agreement talks continued with Moore and Hodges for about a year after they were charged. However, the prosecutor said, no agreements could be reached and the cases were expected to proceed to trial.