Plea deal drops murder charge for one of four in Pike Co. robbery/arson case
A murder charge was dismissed against one of the four suspects accused of killing a Pike County man and burning down his home. Police say last May, Millard Thornhill was shot and then his home was set on fire. Four people were charged with robbery and murder and one suspect, identified as Jeffery Lowe, pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month.
But on Thursday, murder charges were dropped against Cynthia Ryan, though she'll still go to prison on other charges. Ryan admitted she went to help rob Thornhill, but said she did not kill him. After a mental evaluation determined she was competent for trial, she took a plea to dismiss the murder charges. Another suspect, Randy Thomas, was also in court on yesterday as a trial date was set for February 13th. The final suspect, Shannon Turner, is undergoing a mental evaluation to see if she is also competent for trial.