Status Hearing Held In Greensburg Murder Case

GREENSBURG (KDKA) – Lawyers for three of the six people charged in connection with the death of a woman in Greensburg earlier this year were in court today.

Those lawyers filed a motion on Monday arguing that there is no proof 30-year-old Jennifer Daugherty was tortured or raped before she was killed.

Therefore, those charges cannot be used as aggravated circumstances for the penalty phase of the trial if they are convicted of first degree murder.

So far, the judge has not ruled on that motion.

There were several other developments during today’s proceedings, including the judge putting a $5,000 cap on what the trial will cost taxpayers.

Two of the defendants, Peggy Miller and Robert Masters, are in talks for plea deals.

Also, the court is waiting for cell phone records, which were confiscated from all of the defendants.

Ricky Smyrnes, Melvin Knight and Amber Meidinger, are facing the death penalty in the case.

Daugherty’s body was found in the Greensburg Salem Middle School parking lot stuffed in a garbage can and bound with Christmas decorations last February.

  • bettygerbil

    hang them all and no cost to taxpayers no one should get pleas or deals

  • Dan

    Hang the attorneys too.

  • Maria

    I’m appalled by the ignorance, no.. downright stupidity of the defense attorney’s in this case. There has been testimony directly from the “Greensburg 6” detailing the torture of Jennifer Daugherty. Now, these same attorney’s that sat in the courtroom and listened to the horrific details of this inconceivable crime, they have the nerve to say there is no evidence? Then to ice the cake with a plea bargain request for Peggy Miller and Robert Masters! Unbelievable!

    I have one comment for the defense attorneys: When you go home tonight and you walk into your house. Take a look at your children. Look in their eyes, examine their face and think — This could be the last time I ever see my children because “I” am trying to get criminals, who brutally murdered and tortured and innocent women, released from prison.

    Do your research! Look up “Reactive Attachment Disorder” on the internet. Understand these people have no conscience, they have no remorse. They are not capable of it. Slapping their hands and putting them back in society is only an invitation for yet another crime to these people.

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