Hannah Whitman

Springfield woman charged in connection with Florida woman’s death

A Springfield woman has been arrested in connection with the alleged killing of a Florida woman in Springfield and the hiding of her remains in Xenia.

Hannah Whitman, 34, of Springfield, has been charged with complicity to aggravated murder and tampering with evidence. Police alleged in court records that she played a role in the 2015 death of Tiffany Chambers, who’s remains were recently identified.

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Prentiss Hare, 35, hasn’t been arrested in connection to Chamber’s death, but a court affidavit also identifies him as a suspect in the case.

“Prentiss Hare is being charged with one count of aggravated murder,” the records say.

Springfield Police Chief Stephen Moody and Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson declined to comment on the case.

The court records say police learned Chambers traveled with Hare to Springfield from Jacksonville, Fla., on July 16, 2015.

“Officers spoke with several witnesses who told essentially the same story,” the affidavit says. “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.”

The affidavit states 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.

A friend of Chambers told a Jacksonville media outlet that she was a “sweet person who got into hanging out with the wrong people.”

Whitman pleaded not guilty Thursday in Clark County Municipal Court and her bond was set at $510,000. She requested a public defender. She remained in the Clark County Jail on Friday afternoon.

Hare is in the Clark County Jail on unrelated charges. He 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.

He’s also scheduled to go before a Clark County jury for trial on an unrelated rape case Tuesday.