Milan murder suspect's extradition from Ohio to Ind. delayed due to suicide watch, lack of glasses
Anthony Mirones, Anthony.Mirones@wcpo.com , Brian Mains, WCPO Digital
2:51 PM, Jan 7, 2013
8:04 AM, Jan 9, 2013
MILAN, Ind. - The extradition of Allison Moore -- a primary suspect in the Dec. 30 shooting death of Milan, Ind., resident Nancy Hershman -- from Ohio to Indiana hit a delay Tuesday morning in Hamilton County Common Pleas court.
During a hearing, Magistrate David Kothman held up a form 22-year-old Moore allegedly signed to waive extradition and go back to Indiana to face charges of murder and burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary during a closed circuit video hearing. When asked to confirm she signed the form, Moore stated she was unable to read the form on the TV monitor at the jail because she didn't have her glasses.
"It's still a bunch of blur, sir," she said.
Jail personnel stated Moore had been on suicide watch and not allowed to have them. She apparently was taken off suicide watch Tuesday morning, but had yet to receive her glasses.
Magistrate Kothman continued the extradition hearing until Wednesday at 9 a.m. to make sure she could clearly see the form.
"I want to get this over as soon as possible," said Moore
During a Monday news conference, Ripley County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Hertel and Indiana State Police involved with the homicide investigation of Hershman said Moore admitted to shooting the Ripley County woman in her home.
Specifically, Moore faces charges of murder, burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.
"Allison Moore we believe was armed with a .40 caliber handgun. Nancy Hershman had a confrontation with Allison Moore over the weapon," Hertel said.
Two juveniles, also held in the Hamilton County jail, face possible charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and burglary in relation to the homicide investigation as well. Probable cause documentation revealed one of the juveniles was on probation in Ripley County.
Hertel said that the gun used in the crime was purchased after Christmas.
"I can't speak specifically about the purchase of the gun," Hertel said. "All that I can say is that I'm sure it wasn't purchased legally. There were discussions about that, but at this time I don't think it is important for me to speak about it."
Investigators with Indiana State Police along with assistance from the Colerain Township Police Department arrested Moore and the two 16-year-old juveniles at their homes in Colerain Township on Saturday.
Police say they believe there may be some connection between the victim and suspects. It was revealed during the conference that nothing was taken from Hershman's home.
Hertel said it could take two to four weeks to extradite the three suspects from Ohio to Indiana. Whether the juveniles will be tried as adults, or whether Moore will face the death penalty, has yet to be determined.
Further hearings and trial dates will be determined once the extradition is complete.
Hershman drove a school bus for Milan Community Schools for 25 years, according to her obituary. She previously worked as an aid for the special education department at the schools. Hershman also served as manager of concessions and food at the Versailles State Park and was a longtime member of Milan Rescue 30, having served as the organization's president for several years. She had also served as a board member and caretaker of Craven Cemetery for several years.