Bond was set Tuesday for two woman indicted last week by a Butler County grand jury for the death of a man shot in Hamilton late last year.
Jamie Strack and Chelsea N. Bussell are both charged with involuntary manslaughter and kidnapping for the Dec. 17 death of Brandon York, according to court records. Both women appeared before common pleas court Judge Charles Pater this morning, and he set bond at $200,000 each. They entered not guilty pleas.
York, 30, of the 600 block of Concord Avenue in Middletown, died at Bethesda Butler Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound. His death was ruled a homicide by the Butler County Coroner’s Office.
Investigators determined the incident occurred in the area of 12th and Hanover streets in Hamilton. In December, police said they had persons of interest in the shooting.
Prosecutors say Strack, Bussell and York were part of a deception to get another man to leave his residence and get into a vehicle with the intent to cause serious physical harm. During the commission of the alleged crimes, York was shot.
“This is a case of the person was able to defend himself, he ends up surviving and bad guy gets killed and the other two conspirators are charged with a felony in this homicide,” Gmoser said.
Detectives served search warrants connected to the case in the city’s North End, including the area of Vine Street, shortly after the shooting that involved the SWAT team.
Bussell, 26, of Starr Avenue in Hamilton, was booked into the Butler County Jail on Wednesday night. Strack, 38, formerly of of Meadowview Court in Fairfield and Hamilton, was booked into the jail Saturday night, according to jail records.
The women are scheduled to be back in court April 14 for a pre-trial hearing
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