Affidavit: Woody killed couple to steal 1 oz of marijuana

In a probable cause affidavit for the arrest of a 49-year-old woman, new details were revealed in the double murder of Joshua Knisley and Tara Thornburg on February 19.

According to the affidavit, Thomas Hursey told police he, Brandon Woody and Kyle Dehart went to Thornburg's house with the intention of stealing her marijuana.

Both Brandon Woody and Kyle Dehart were wearing gloves.

Hursey said they took a bag with a utility knife and tape with the intention of using the tape to restrain Thornburg and use the knife to slit her throat.

When they arrived at Thornburg's home, Hursey told police she gave them a one ounce bag of marijuana. Woody told Thornburg the money was in the car and he'd go get it.

She allegedly didn't believe him and put her hand out for the marijuana to be returned.

The affidavit says Woody then struck Thornburg in the face with the gun and then shot her in the face.

The gun jammed and Hursey and Kyle allegedly ran downstairs and heard another shot.

The three left the residence in Kyle's  car and Woody said he shot Knisley.

Hursey said they all went to the home of Kyle's parents, Scott and Joan Dehart in Kosciusko County.

There, Hursey said Woody burned his coat, gloves and shoes and Kyle burned his gloves.

They repackaged the marijuana and burned the bag it came in.

According to Hursey, around 5 a.m. on February 19th, Joan Dehart woke him and Kyle up and said police were looking for Woody and that it was all over the news. She asked where Woody was.

They said Woody was sleeping downstairs and Joan allegedly said she heard them come in and would be their alibi. She then left the house with Brandon Woody.

Fifteen minutes later, Hursey said he and Kyle Dehart drove to the Eastgate Apartments in Warsaw and Woody was in the parking lot.

Hursey got out of the vehicle and Woody got in and Kyle and Woody drove away.

A few days later, a female resident of the Eastgate Apartments said Woody came to her residence around 5:30 a.m. and had marijuana with him. Her boyfriend was not home and she didn't let Woody inside.

On March 4, officers served a search warrant at the home of Scott and Joan Dehart.

In the home they allegedly found the utility knife, a can of charcoal lighter, a black bag and a burn pile.

While searching the residence, Joan arrived and allegedly admitted she drove Woody to Warsaw.

The 49-year-old was arrested on one count of assisting a criminal.

Joan Dehart works for the Wawasee Community School Corporation.

Superintendent Tom Edington released the following statement concerning her arrest.
Mrs. DeHart is a teacher at Wawasee Community School Corporation. Pending the outcome of the present legal situation, she has been placed on administrative leave.

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