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(Indianapolis, Ind.) – One of the two teenagers accused in the murder of Milan resident Nancy Hershman has been waived to adult court.
Ripley Circuit Court Judge Carl Taul ordered March 18 that Sean David Nichols should be waived to adult court, according to court records. The ruling came after a March 7 juvenile court hearing.
The 15-year-old was previously only referred to by his initials, S.N., by investigators. Now charged as an adult, Nichols faces the same charges as alleged accomplice Allison Moore: Murder (Class A felony), Burglary of a Dwelling (Class B felony), and Conspiracy to Commit Burglary of a Dwelling (Class B felony).
Nichols, another teen, and Allison Moore drove from Colerain Township, Hamilton County, Ohio to Ripley County on December 29. Late that night, the group allegedly broke into and robbed a man and his girlfriend as they were sleeping in a home in Cross Plains.
They then travelled to Milan in the early morning hours of December 30 and broke into 68-year-old widow Nancy Hershman’s home on West Ellis Street. When confronted by Hershman, Moore allegedly fatally shot her in the head and neck.
According to Indiana State Police investigators, the .40 caliber handgun used in the murder had been purchased illegally by Nichols using his Christmas money just a couple days before the murder. Police recovered it when interviewing Nichols.
One of the people who rode with the three accused murderers from Ohio to Milan as Ben Nichols, Sean’s brother. Ben Nichols reportedly remained in the vehicle during both burglaries and has not been charged.
Because he is a minor, Indiana law does not allow Nichols to be eligible for the death penalty if convicted. Moore, 22, could be eligible for death if convicted.
Nichols’ trial is currently scheduled to begin June 17 in Ripley Circuit Court.
The third person accused in Hershman’s murder, a 16-year-old identified only as D.H., remains in juvenile court. A hearing to decide if he will also be waived to adult court is scheduled for April 16.