Ill. woman pleads not guilty in Morgan County slaying
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A woman charged in the stabbing death of a former Morgan County businessman pleaded not guilty Friday in Morgan County Circuit Court, according a spokeswoman in the Morgan County prosecutor's office.
Christina Bess Richardson, 23, of Mendora, Ill., pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit grand larceny, the spokeswoman said.
Richardson's trial is scheduled for Sept. 9.
On April 4, Tonya Teresa Thomas, 23, of Marseilles, Ill., also pleaded not guilty to identical charges in the case.
Compton, former owner of T.H. Compton Trucking in Berkeley Springs, met Thomas and Richardson in Florida, where he often vacationed, and invited the two women to Morgan County, police said.