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Wife of suspect in murder case indicted

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GranCounty grand jury accuses woman of tampering with evidence

By Molly Haines

One of the three men allegedly involved in the 2012 murder of a Franklin County man, along with his wife, are charged with tampering with physical evidence.
According to the State-Journal, Joshua Hammond, 33 and his wife, Louanna Hammond, were charged after testimony from Travis Wright, a witness in the James Simons trial last month.
Joshua Hammond, Simons, 37 and David Bruce II, 46, allegedly planned to rob Charles Monroe after buying prescription drugs from him May 5, 2012 in the Walmart parking lot on Leonardwood Drive in Frankfort.
The three men allegedly beat and strangled Monroe to death inside Hammond’s truck. His body was found May 6, 2012, dumped on the side of Interstate 64 in Frankfort.
Casey Holland, an attorney for Simons, said Joshua Hammond spent the morning of May 6, 2012 “cleaning up after himself” and “covering up for himself.”
During Wright’s testimony he said he was at Simons’ Grant County residence on May 6.
According to Wright, Joshua Hammond and Louanna Hammond were also at Simons’ residence cleaning Joshua Hammond’s truck.
Wright said the two were using a spray bottle of some kind and a rag to clean the truck.
Wright said Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, called his son Joshua Hammond later that day to bring the truck and come see him.
According to the State-Journal, Louanna Hammond will be arraigned in Grant County May 7.
Joshua Hammond’s trial is expected to begin May 5, exactly two years after the alleged murder.
Joshua Hammond is charged with murder, robbery, assault and tampering with physical evidence.
Each of the three men were originally charged with murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.
Simons pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison after one day of testimony last month.
Bruce pleaded guilty to amended charges of second-degree robbery, second-degree assault, tampering with physical evidence and criminal facilitation to murder in June 2013. He was sentenced to 20 years.
Both Simons and Bruce are expected to testify against Joshua Hammond.