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Trial Begins in Murder of Piedmont Teenager

14-Nov-2016

Anne Josette Hill, 16, a Casady School student from Piedmont, was last seen on April 10, 2014, after telling her mother that she was going to a friend's house to watch a movie. Hill's mother waited up to give her daughter a hug before bed, but as it grew later and later and Anne still hadn't returned home, her mother began to worry. The teen's mother says she began calling and texting her daughter around 11:00 p.m., but she got no answer, no returned call from her daughter.

It was as if Anne had vanished into thin air. 

More than a week and a half after she was last seen, Anne's car was found abandoned in Edmond. Police continued the search for the missing teen, even searching a pond for her body, but to no avail.

It wasn't until some six months had passed that police got their first break in the case. In February 2015, Chloe Thomas, then 17, went to police and admitted that she was present when Anne Hill was murdered. Thomas says that she and a friend, Chadd Raymond, 16, planned to rob Hill and steal her car. Thomas reportedly told police that Raymond texted Hill, pretending to be his brother, in order to lure the girl to his brother's apartment. When Hill arrived, the three teens reportedly watched a movie together, but when she got up to leave, Thomas says, Raymond began to choke her and killed the girl. Thomas admitted to police that she helped Raymond conceal the body.

Despite Thomas's admission, it would be several more months before Hill's remains were found in late April--more than a year after her murder.

Chadd Raymond quickly pleaded guilty to first degree murder, accepting a plea deal that would send him to prison for 35 years in exchange for his testimony against Chloe Thomas. Raymond admitted to choking Hill, but says that Thomas is the one who actually killed Hill, choking her to death after he stopped.

Jury selection for Thomas's first degree murder trial begins today in Oklahoma County.

 



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