Brooke Richardson off house arrest, but judge imposes other restrictions

A Warren County judge has modified the house arrest restriction placed on a Carlisle teen awaiting trial on aggravated murder charges.

Brooke Skylar Richardson’s trial was scheduled to begin April 16, but was cancelled while the 12th District Court of Appeals considers a ruling about medical records.

It could take months for that decision, and Richardson’s attorneys submitted a motion to have their client taken off house arrest.

In a ruling released today, Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II ruled that Richardson will continue to be supervised with a GPS monitor and be subject to random drug tests and unannounced home visits from Community Corrections.

However, she is no longer on house arrest. The 19-year-old has instead been given a curfew from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., he ruled.

Richardson is charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and child endangering in death of her infant daughter.

Oda noted in his ruling that the motion to lift house arrest was “not well-taken.”

Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell opposed lifting house arrest for Richardson.

Fornshell said the house arrest restriction was necessary to assure Richardson’s appearance in court and for public safety, noting she is accused of aggravated murder.

In his ruling today, Oda noted that Richardson has no prior criminal record and has “significant ties to the community.”

He also noted that there have been “no less than 16 pretrial hearings and status conferences” and that Ricahrdson “has been present for each and every one.”

According to Oda, Richardson has also passed all random drug tests and there have been no incidents during home visits conducted by Community Corrections.

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