Pair arraigned in court in murder case

Hope Earnshaw-York

Richard Terrel

William York Sr.

MIAMI COUNTY — On Thursday, Richard Terrell, 35, of Troy, was arraigned on an indictment for a single count of murder for the alleged death of his girlfriend’s grandfather, 88-year-old William York Sr. of Tipp City.

Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee set Terrell’s bond at $750,000.

Terrell also was arraigned on third degree felony tampering with evidence and second degree felonious assault charges.

Terrell entered a plea of not guilty and will be appointed a public defender.

Terrell’s girlfriend Hope Earnshaw-York, 24, of Tipp City, also was arraigned for third degree felony tampering with evidence and fifth degree felony gross abuse of a corpse.

She entered a plea of not guilty. Her bond was set for $150,000 in addition to her previous charges of receiving stolen property.

Both were indicted on the charges by a Miami County grand jury on June 22. Both York and Terrell’s pre-trial conferences were set for July 13 with Judge Gee presiding.

The couple lived with William York Sr., who was reported missing from his home on May 30. His body was found in a sleeping bag in a creek bed 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.

Last month, both York and Terrel were incarcerated on June 3 in the Miami County Jail on charges of receiving stolen property from the alleged theft and sale of York’s guns in May.