UPDATE @ 2:15 p.m. (Jan. 19):
Prentiss Hare was arraigned today where he pleaded not guilty and bond was set at $500,000.
UPDATE @ 9:05 a.m. (Jan. 19):
Prentiss Hare has been charged with aggravated murder, murder, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse in connection to the death of Tiffany Chambers, Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson said.
Wilson said there is evidence that shows the killing of Chambers happened in Springfield before the body was transported and dumped in a wooded area in Spring Valley Twp. last year.
Hannah Whitman, 34, was previously charged in the case and she faces charges of tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse. She was also initially charged earlier this week with complicity to aggravated murder.
Hare was convicted in another murder last year, the prosecutor said, which he is currently serving a prison sentence for.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Springfield Police Department and Greene County Sheriff’s Office all worked together in order to charge Hare.
A Springfield man convicted of murder last year has now been indicted in another killing.
A Clark County grand jury indicted Prentiss Hare, 35, on charges of aggravated murder, murder, tampering with evidence of gross abuse of a corpse.
Prosecutors haven’t confirmed which case Hare has been indicted on. But court records filed earlier this month identified him as a suspect in the 2015 death of Tiffany Chambers, whose remains were found in Xenia and recently identified.
Hannah Whitman, 34, of Springfield, also has been charged with complicity to aggravated murder and tampering with evidence in that case.
Clark County Municipal Court records say police learned Chambers traveled with Hare to Springfield from Jacksonville, Fla., on July 16, 2015.
“Mr. Hare and his girlfriend at the time, defendant Hannah Whitman, had planned to kill Ms. Chambers for some reason, one reason that we were told was that Ms. Chambers owed Mr. Hare an unknown amount of money,” according to the court records.
The affidavit says that investigators believe the slaying occurred at a home on Pleasant Street and that both suspects allegedly transported Chambers’ remains to a wooded area in Greene County.
Chambers was considered a missing person until her skeleton was found by a mushroom hunter in May 2016.
Hare was convicted late last year for the fatal choking of 35-year-old Deshun Lumford. Hare was sentenced in December to 26 years to life in prison for that charge and a robbery charge.
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