UPDATE: Danville Teen Pleads Not Guilty in Murder of Stepmother

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Jenna Oakley
Jenna Oakley (Photo Courtesy: Kentucky State Police)

DANVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Authorities say a Kentucky teenager who fled the state after her stepmother’s death has pleaded not guilty to charges including complicity to murder.

Multiple news organizations report 15-year-old Jenna Oakley’s attorney entered a not-guilty plea Tuesday on the charges, which also include theft by unlawful taking in the death of 52-year-old Rhonda Oakley.

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The teen was reported missing after Rhonda Oakley’s body was found in the family home Sept. 1. Two days later, police said they discovered Jenna Oakley in her stepmother’s car in New Mexico. Her boyfriend, 20-year-old Kenneth Nigh, was in the passenger seat, they say.

Authorities said Nigh attempted to hang himself in custody and later died at a hospital.

Jenna Oakley was indicted as an adult in October.



Police haven’t said how Rhonda Oakley died.

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10/21/16 10:47 a.m.

A Danville teen who fled the state after her stepmother’s death has been indicted on a murder charge.

Jenna Oakley was reported missing after the body of her stepmother, 52-year-old Rhonda Oakley, was found in the family’s home on Sept. 1.

WDRB-TV reports (bit.ly/2dv7ZQl) Jenna Oakley was indicted Thursday for complicity to murder and theft by unlawful taking. The 15-year-old girl was found by police in Rhonda Oakley’s car in Tucumcari, New Mexico on Sept. 3. Her boyfriend, 20-year-old Kenneth Nigh, was in the passenger’s seat.

Nigh is charged with possessing stolen property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Authorities said Nigh attempted to hang himself in jail. His injuries were so severe, he was taken to a hospital in Texas where he was placed on a ventilator.

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Information from: The (Danville, Ky.) Advocate-Messenger, http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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9/7/16 4:19 p.m.

Law enforcement officials in New Mexico say that 20-year-old Kenneth Nigh, arrested after being found in a Boyle County murder victim’s car with her stepdaughter, was taken to the hospital with a self-inflicted injury while in custody at Quay County Detention Center.

Officers with the Tucumcari Police Department have not released details on the severity of the injury, only saying that he was taken to North Western Texas Hospital, in Amarillo, Texas.  Officers say Nigh was released on bond following the injury.  Nigh is charged with two counts of possession of stolen property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Jenna Oakley, the 15-year-old stepdaughter of Rhonda Oakley is being held in the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center in Clovis, New Mexico.  Police say she has been charged, but haven’t released what specific charge she’s being held on.  According to court documents, 911 dispatchers refer to Jenna Oakley as the “primary suspect” in the death of her stepmother, Rhonda Oakley.

Rhonda Oakley’s body was found last Thursday in the basement of her home.

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9/7/16 7:49 a.m.

New details are coming to light after police say a woman was found murdered in Boyle County last week.

According to court documents obtained by Louisville’s Fox affiliate WDRB — 911 dispatchers refer to Jenna Oakley, 15, as the “primary suspect” in the death of her step-mother, Rhonda Oakley.

State Police say Jenna disappeared last Thursday, the same day Rhonda Oakley’s body was found in the basement of her home.

After investigators tracked Jenna’s RhondaOakleycell phone, they say they found the teenager and her 20-year-old boyfriend, Kenneth Nigh in New Mexico.

Authorities say the couple were in Rhonda Oakley’s stolen vehicle. Police say they were taken into custody.

 

Kenneth NighNigh was charged with being in possession of stolen property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, but was released with no bail.

State Police say Jenna Oakley and Kenneth Nigh have not been charged in connection to Rhonda Oakley’s death.

Information from WDRB