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Second Guilty Plea In Works For 2012 Milan Murder

Posted On June 26, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Nancy Hershman file photo

Nancy Hershman
file photo

(Versailles, Ind.) – A guilty plea hearing is set for Friday morning for one of the three suspects in a Milan woman’s murder.

Nancy Hershman, 68, was shot dead in her home on West Ellis Street during the early morning hours of December 30, 2012. Indiana State Police later arrested three people in connection with the break-in and subsequent murder: Allison Moore, Daniel Hodge, and Sean Nichols, all from Colerain Township, Ohio.

On Thursday, Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel announced that Daniel Hodge could plead guilty during a plea hearing in Ripley Circuit Court on Friday at 10:30 a.m.

If Judge Carl Taul accepts a plea agreement, he could schedule Hodge’s sentencing for a future date. Hodge’s case was set to go to trial on July 7.

Hodge was only 16-years-old at the time of the break-in that ended with the Milan widow’s death. Nichols, then 15, said that during his plea and sentencing hearing in January that Hodge, his friend, had asked him to come along with he and Moore under the guise that they would simply be hanging out. Nichols testified that he believed he was asked to go along because Hodge knew he possessed a gun and the two were planning to commit robberies.

Nichols was sentenced to 50 years for his role in the Hershman murder.

Allison Moore, 23, is believed to have pulled the trigger of Nichols’ handgun during the break-in at Hershman’s home. She is still in jail awaiting trial pending a decision by the Indiana Court of Appeals. Taul ordered in April that the statements that Moore made to Indiana State Police investigators were not to be used as evidence in court because detectives did not properly read Moore her Miranda rights or “scrupulously honor” her right to remain silent.

Ripley County Prosecutors and the Indiana Attorney General’s Office appealed in April and the appeals court decided on June 3 to hear the case. A date for arguments has not been set according to the Court of Appeals’ online case summary.

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