Woman, 2 teens charged in Milan woman's murder
68-year-old woman shot to death in home
Last Updated: 133 days ago
RIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. - Investigators have found a link between a 68-year-old woman shot to death her home and the three teenagers accused in her slaying, police said.
Nancy Hershman, 68, was found dead in her Milan home Dec. 30 after an apparent home-invasion robbery, police said.
"I believe there was a confrontation shortly after the door was kicked in. There was a struggle for the gun, and she was shot during that struggle," said Ripley County Prosecutor Rick Hertel.
The investigation led state police to Colerain Township in Cincinnati, where Allison Moore, 22, and two 15-year-old boys were arrested Saturday.
Investigators said Monday that one of the boys is from Ripley County, and that his father's construction company had done work on Hershman's home.
The other boy was a neighbor of Moore's in Ohio, and that boy provided the gun that killed Hershman, police said.
Investigators learned the names of the suspects after a man they robbed shortly before the murder came forward, police said.
Hershman's daughter, Dawn Evans, said her mother spent her life giving -- she helped students with special needs as a teaching assistant, and she drove a school bus.
"It bothers me that a monster took my mother," Evans said. "It would be a different story if it was an accident or a car accident or she died from an illness, but somebody chose to do this."
Moore was charged Monday with murder, while the boys are being held on juvenile charges in connection with the murder, police said.
Hertel said he intends to ask the 15-year-old boys be charged as adults.
The case marks Milan's first slaying in at least 17 years.
"I think people in Ripley County think we're this sleepy little community, which, to a large degree we are. I think that's why a lot of people live here," Hertel said. "It probably sent shivers down the spines of people who live in this area."
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