Terrel trial dates set

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitasmedia.com

MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee set Richard Terrel’s final pretrial conference for June 27. A four-day jury trial date was reserved to begin on July 12, according to court records.

On May 12, Judge Gee denied Terrel’s request to suppress statements made during a six-hour interview with law enforcement on June 3, 2015 before he was arrested and charged with the murder of William York, 88, of Tipp City. He was indicted on charges of fifth-degree felony abuse of a corpse, third-degree felony tampering with evidence, and second-degree felonious assault in connection with the case.

On April 25, Terrel’s girlfriend Hope Earnshaw-York entered a plea of no contest to felony charges in connection with the murder of her grandfather William York Sr.

Earnshaw-York was found guilty of felony abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. She also pleaded no contest to three counts of receiving stolen property regarding several guns that were stolen from her grandfather prior to his death.

Earnshaw-York could face up to nine years in prison and will be sentenced June 7.

Earnshaw-York and Terrel, were indicted in July on the felony charges connected to York Sr.’s death and disappearance last May.

The couple lived with York in his Tipp City home. York, 88, was reported missing from his home on May 30. His body was found on June 3 in a park in Union, Ky. Officials ruled York’s cause of death as blunt force trauma to the back of the head.

By Melanie Yingst