Daughter talks after arrests in Ripley County murder


by WHAS11


Posted on January 7, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 7 at 7:30 PM

MILAN, Ind. (WHAS11) -- New details about the murder of a woman inside her Milan, Ind. home who was a pillar of the community. Police arrested three people in Cincinnati for the murder, including two teenagers.

Indiana State Police said this was not a random act of violence in Ripley County.

Dawn Evans is one step closer to justice. But her life has been overshadowed with heartbreak. She held back tears.

"Lonely because I'm an only child, both my parents are dead. Sorry... I'm an orphan and almost 40," Evans said.

The prosecutor said Allison Moore, 22, and two 15-year-old boys are under arrest in Cincinnati.

It started on Dec. 29, when the group of five drove to a home in Cross Plains, Ind. Two people stayed in the car while detectives say Moore and two minors broke in the house and held a man at gunpoint. They stole pot and $700 in cash.

Then they drove overnight to Nancy Hershman's, house in Milan. One of the juveniles knew the 68-year-old as a former neighbor; the target of a heinous crime.

"I believe there was a confrontation shortly after the door was kicked in. There was a struggle for the gun," Rick Hertel, Ripley County Prosecutor, said.

Investigators revealed that a 15-year-old boy somehow purchased the .40 caliber gun days after Christmas.

Moore admitted pulling the trigger and police found the murder weapon in her glove compartment.

Hershman was a Sunday school teacher, church deacon, school bus driver for 25 years, a teacher's aid, an EMT and so much more.

Her life was ripped away so quickly.

"My dad died of a stroke four years ago and somebody has come into my mom's home and taken her away from me. It scares me to death," Evans said.

Prosecution wants to bring the accused killer back to Ripley County from Cincinnati to face a judge in coming weeks. The two juveniles will be handled in adult court.

Charges may be coming against the other adult and third juvenile. The two people are accused of waiting in the car while the crimes happened.