Georgia woman pleads not guilty in 1995 Franklin County shooting death

January 30, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH |
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A Georgia woman apprehended late last year in connection to a 1995 shooting death in Franklin County, Pa., pleaded not guilty to criminal homicide Wednesday.

Tonya N. Dice, 39, is charged with criminal homicide and hindering apprehension or prosecution.

On July 14, 1999, former magisterial district judge Larry K. Meminger issued an arrest warrant for Dice based on the Pennsylvania State Police investigation into the 1995 shooting death of Freddie Brumfield in Greene Township. A bench warrant had already been issued for Dice after she failed to appear in court in July 1995 in an unrelated drug case.

The U.S. Marshals apprehended Dice on Dec. 20, 2012, in Dalton, Ga. They said she was living under the alias Jessica Keil with her husband and three children.

The body of Brumfield was found along Funk Road on Jan. 13, 1995, and the cause of death was identified as a single gunshot wound, according to a U.S. Marshals news release.

In June 1995, Dice, who was living in Fort Loudon, Pa., told police she witnessed the homicide and cleaned up the blood afterward, according to the news release and published reports.

Former Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson told The Herald-Mail in 1999 that he believed Dice acted as an accomplice. He said Dice, the shooter and at least one other person was present when Brumfield was killed.

Pennsylvania State Police asked the “America’s Most Wanted” television show to feature Dice.

Dice is being held in the Franklin County Jail on $500,000 bail. Her next court appearance is scheduled for April before Court of Common Pleas Judge Shawn Meyers.

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