held on $50,000 bond for part in drug store robbery in May
Amanda Napier, 34 of Glenwood, appeared in the
Ripley County Circuit Court Wednesday, October 12 for an arraignment
hearing. She is facing a Class C Felony charge for the Conspiracy
to Commit Robbery at G.A. Triplett and Son Pharmacy in Osgood
on May 9, 2011.
Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel requested Judge Carl Taul
set Napiers bail at $50,000 - with Napier being released
if she can post 10 percent or $5,000. Taul agreed.
Mark Jones was appointed as Napiers attorney after she
told the judge, I dont have no money to (pay for
Napier was being housed in the Decatur County Jail before the
arraignment to keep her from making contact with David E. Ison.
Ison is being held at the Ripley County Jail on a $5 million
bond for the attempted armed robbery of the Triplett pharmacy.
Napier is suspected to have assisted Ison in the robbery.
Since Isons arraignment for the attempted armed robbery
he has been charged with the September 25 murders of Angela
A. Napier, Roy D. Napier, Jacob L. Napier, Melissa L. Napier
and Henry X Smith, who were all found shot to death in Laurel.
It is unknown if Amanda Napier has any connection to the murders.
It is also not known if Napier is related to the Napier family
that was murdered; however, she reportedly told police she thought
they were kin. Napier is her married name.
The scene around the courthouse and in the courtroom at Napiers
hearing appeared to be less intense, with noticeably less police
presence, compared to when Ison appeared for his arraignment
on September 29. According to the October 4 issue of the Osgood
Journal, Ison arrived to the courthouse for his arraignment
with heavy security wearing a bullet proof vest.
While in the courtroom, Napier never once tried to hide her
face from those present. However, she left the courthouse in
handcuffs, covering her face with the sweatshirt she was wearing
and her court documents - never revealing her face even as the
police cruiser drove away.
Napiers trial is scheduled for March 20-21, 2012. She
will continue to be held at the Decatur County Jail until Ison
is transferred out of the Ripley County Jail to keep the two
from making contact.
Amanda Napier is led from the Ripley
County Courthouse after court on Wednesday by Sheriff