405-778-4800
Criminal Attorney Oklahoma Defense Lawyer Adam R. Banner OKLAHOMA CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY AT LAW
This Attorney is Lead Counsel Rated. Click here for more Information.

Second Person Found Guilty in Piedmont Teen's Murder

21-Nov-2016

The last time anyone saw Piedmont teen Anne Josette Hill, 16, was in April 2014. Hill told her mother she was going to watch movies at a friend's house, but she didn't return home and didn't return her mother's worried calls or texts.

It seemed that Hill had simply vanished. At first, many believed the girl was a runaway, but when her car turned up abandoned in Edmond nearly a week later, police began to worry that the girl was the victim of foul play.

Still, months went by with no sign of Hill, and with no real suspects in the case.

But approximately six months after the teen's disappearance, another teen went with her father to an Edmond police station and reported that she had been present when Anne Hill was murdered.

The girl, Chloe Thomas, was 17 when she told police that she and another teen, Chadd Raymond, then 16, had lured Hill to the apartment Thomas shared with Raymond's older brother in order to rob her. She says that Raymond began texting Hill, pretending to be his older brother and flirting with her, because Hill reportedly was romantically interested in the older Raymond. Thomas says that Raymond told her that he would sell her some cocaine so that Hill would bring cash when she came to the apartment.

Instead, of meeting the older Raymond, however, Hill found Thomas and Chadd Raymond at the apartment. She stayed for a while, Thomas said, but when she got up to leave, Raymond began to choke her. 

Eventually, says Thomas, Raymond decided that they had to kill the girl so that she could not testify against them for beating and robbing her. Thomas accused Raymond of choking Hill to death; Raymond, who pleaded guilty to first degree murder in a plea deal, said Thomas killed the girl.

Raymond's plea deal came shortly after Thomas's confession. He received 35 years in prison for his confession to first degree murder, with the stipulation that he testify against Thomas.

Thomas continued to plead not guilty to first degree murder, and last week, a jury considered her case at trial. As part of the evidence, the jury watched video of Thomas's interrogation by police, when she told them, "It's not my fault. … I didn't even want to be there."
At the conclusion of the trial, the jury found Chloe Thomas, now 19, not guilty of first degree murder for her involvement in Hill's death; however, they did find her guilty of second degree murder. The jurors seemed to believe that Thomas was not involved in planning either the robbery or the murder of Anne Hill; however, they understood that she was present when the murder took place and she helped Raymond dispose of the body. 

Oklahoma law defines second degree murder as follows:

Homicide is murder in the second degree in the following cases:

1. When perpetrated by an act imminently dangerous to another person and evincing a depraved mind, regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual; or

2. When perpetrated by a person engaged in the commission of any felony other than the unlawful acts set out in Section 1, subsection B, of this act. (21 O.S. 701.8)

Second degree murder is punishable by 10 years to life in prison. While jurors believe Chadd Raymond to be the sole killer of Anne Hill, his plea agreement with prosecutors left him with a lighter sentence than Chloe Thomas. He is sentenced to 35 years for first degree murder; jurors recommended a sentence of life in prison for Thomas's second degree murder conviction.




All News

More News

Teen Who Urged Boyfriend to Commit Suicide Convicted of Manslaughter
19-Jun-2017

In July 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III attempted to take his own..

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Warrantless Cell Phone Location Search Violates Fourth Amendment
12-Jun-2017

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that cou..

Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Stabbing Death of Roommate
09-Jun-2017

A 72-year-old man is ordered to spend four years in prison after s..

Trial Delayed for Second Brother in Broken Arrow Quintuple Murder
29-May-2017

Shortly before midnight on July 22, 2015, police in Broken Arrow r..

Criminal Appeals Court Upholds Death Sentence for Triple-Murderer
26-May-2017

For the second time, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has af..

Poorly written bill leaves lawsuit loophole; Governor signs anyway
22-May-2017

When drafting legislation, it is imperative that language is clear..

Not Guilty Verdict in Tulsa Police Shooting; Officer's Job Status under Evaluation
19-May-2017

After nine hours of deliberation, a jury returned a verdict o..

Man Exonerated in Rape Case Awarded Compensation
15-May-2017

An Oklahoma man who was exonerated of rape after spending 13 years..

Trial Begins in Tulsa Police Shooting Case
08-May-2017

Jury selection begins today in the manslaughter case of Tulsa poli..

Oklahoma Death Penalty Remains on Hiatus
05-May-2017

It has been almost exactly three years since the botched execution..

×