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Murder charge amended to reckless homicide

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Lawyer claims race for Owen County sheriff may have had role in investigation

By Molly Haines

A Franklin County jury has found Joshua Hammond not guilty of murder in connection with the death of Charles Monroe.
During the first day of the Joshua Hammond murder trial, the defense attorney alleged that a former Franklin County sheriff’s detective tainted the investigation.
The Franklin County jury convicted Hammond on charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence but the murder charge was amended to reckless homicide.


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