Court proceedings hit snag

Police interviews with alleged murderer unable to be viewed by judge

By Melanie Yingst -


MIAMI COUNTY — Technical difficulties have delayed Richard Terrel’s motion to suppress evidence ruling due to the recorded audio interviews not being able to be played, according to an entry filed in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Thursday.

Terrel has been charged with 88-year-old William York’s murder last May. 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 Jan. 25, Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee presided over the motion to suppress evidence filed by Terrel’s attorney, Jay Adams. Terrel alleged his rights were violated by detectives during hours of investigation interviews following his arrest on June 3.

According to the entry, the court has spent hours trying to find ways to review the six-hour audio video recording of Terrel’s first interview, to no avail. The entry notes both the prosector’s office and Terrel’s attorney have been able to review the interview and “need to confer to enable the court to see and hear the contents of State’s Exhibit No. 1.”

Judge Gee outlined two possible solutions, including to provide a substitute disc with the software to play the recording on a PC with an agreed entry that the new disc would be used in place of the state’s provided Exhibit 1 or to provide the court with a laptop with the software that was preloaded to review the recordings. The order must be complete by May 6.

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

According to court records, Earnshaw-York was found guilty of felony abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence by Judge Christopher Gee. 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 her boyfriend, 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.

Police interviews with alleged murderer unable to be viewed by judge

By Melanie Yingst

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