MIAMI COUNTY — The trial for the homicide of William York Sr. has been continued and will begin in January, according to court documents.
Attorney Jay Adams, representing defendant Richard Terrel, 36, of Tipp City, filed for a request to continue the jury trial last week. The murder trial was set to begin on Oct. 6.
Attorney Stephen King filed for a continuance on behalf of Hope Earnshaw-York on Sept. 24.
Miami County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee granted the continuance and scheduled the trial to begin Jan. 26.
York’s granddaughter, Hope Earnshaw-York, and her boyfriend, Richard Terrel, were indicted in July on the felony charges connected to his 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., on June 3. Officials ruled York’s cause of death as blunt force trauma to the back of the head.
Terrel has been charged with York’s murder, fifth degree felony abuse of a corpse, third degree felony tampering with evidence, and second degree felonious assault in connection to the case. Terrel also is charged with three counts of fourth degree felony receiving stolen property charges for the alleged theft and sale of York Sr.’s guns in May.
Terrel remains in Miami County Jail with a $760,000 bond.
For her alleged role in the case, Earnshaw-York, 24, has been charged with fifth degree abuse of a corpse and third degree tampering with evidence.
She also has been charged receiving stolen property related to the alleged theft and sale of guns in the case. She remains in Miami County Jail on a $150,000 bond.
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