Suspect facing new charges in New Castle triple-murder case

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A suspect is now being held in the Lawrence County Jail without bond in connection to a triple homicide in New Castle. 

Jody Hammer faces new charges in the case.

Friday morning, police arrested her on charges of criminal homicide, conspiracy to commit robbery and hindering apprehension. 

Hammer was originally charged with obstruction of justice in the case and was out on bond on that charge.

After further investigation of the crime, police say they learned that the motive of the crime was a robbery planned by Hammer and 19-year-old Steven Procopio.

The crime claimed the lives of 10-year-old Amariah Emery, 31-year-old Nichole Pumphrey and 31-year-old Lawrence Cannon.

According to a news release from police, officers learned that Procopio, Hammer and 19-year-old Anthony Cooper went to the house to rob the victims, but an argument started. During this time, Cooper shot Cannon and Pumphrey, according to police.

Police said Cooper then handed the weapon to Procopio after hearing people upstairs. Police said Procopio then shot Amariah Emery and attempted to shoot another child who ran back upstairs. 

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