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Mother says son not part of murder-for-hire plot

Posted August 27, 2012

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— A woman said Franklin County authorities have made a mistake in accusing her 18-year-old son of participating in a murder-for-hire plot.

Franklin County authorities say Rhonda Maclean was shot in the face in the early-morning hours of Aug. 16 while she was investigating a noise in her Youngsville home.

Robbery was likely a motive, Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones has said, and Shannon Nyamodi, 18, and a 15-year-old girl were arrested in the case.

Although Jones won't comment on the identity of the female suspect, a report filed by a Youngsville police officer who responded to the incident quotes Maclean as saying her daughter was involved in the attempt to steal $50,000 from her bedroom.

The police report goes on to include details that another man provided to the officer.

The man, whose name was redacted from the report, told police that he heard from "a kid" that Maclean's daughter and Nyamodi had planned the robbery and shooting "for a couple weeks." The kid also told him that the daughter had been having sex with Nyamodi, giving him money and getting him "hooked" on oxycodone and other pills.

"He has no evidence that places my son as the person who pulled the trigger. He has told many fabrications and many lies," Nyamodi's mother, Elizabeth Crudup, said after her son's first court appearance on Monday.

"It's very fortunate that we have a court of law. This sheriff has decided to try this case in the court of public opinion," Crudup said.

Nyamodi is charged with attempted first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and larceny of a firearm.

The girl also faces charges of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and larceny of a firearm.

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  • driverkid3 Aug 29, 2012

    Of COURSE, she would say that. He was PERFECT, would never do anything remotely that evil.

  • itsmyownopinion Aug 28, 2012

    Does anyone recall the case of the 32 year old mother from Shelby who came home from church with her teenaged son, who hid behind their home while the mother read the Bible to the intruder who slashed her throat?

    http://www.shelbystar.com/articles/police-61740-shelby-woman.html

    The story ended with her son being charged as the mastermind to her slashing. The two planned it, but didn't expect it to turn out the way it did.

    It's sad and very disturbing to imagine the young one you've raised can want you dead. What parent would want to believe their child was capable of such heinous acts? It's happening way too often.

  • jjordan231179 Aug 28, 2012

    Where does it say the $50k was cash?

  • Ty-rohne Aug 28, 2012

    she had the money becuase they were receivables from the business she managed--dental office--... It's explained in one of the police reports or the search warrant..

  • missapisi Aug 28, 2012

    "Is she claiming he's not involved at all, or that he just didn't pull the trigger? Sounds like she thinks as long as he wasn't the trigger man, he's innocent. If so, she's very mistaken. "

    I think her point was he was not a partaker in the ochestration of this horrible tragedy.

  • outhousecat Aug 28, 2012

    I'm a little suspicious about the money, too. Nobody in their right mind would take home $50k. And since the news outlets conveniently can't say where the mom works because it might identify the juvenile daughter, things just stay murky.

    Hopefully the mom is on the up and up. If she got the money from selling illegal drugs, then she just lost all sympathy from me. Every drug dealer knows the risk they run when dealing with their "clients." The client being her own daughter won't change that if she was indeed dealing.

  • firetrucklover69 Aug 28, 2012

    tcbnashville- I AGREE WITH YOU ON THAT. AND WHY DIDNT SHE MAKE THE DROP AT THE BANK BEFORE SHE WENT HOME THAT DAY? AND IF ITS BECAUSE SHE DIDNT WANT TO GO TO THE BANK ALONE AT NIGHT POLICE WILL GO WITH HER. AND ANOTHER THING IF PEOPLE KNEW THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT TAKING THE MONEY 2 WEEKS BEFORE IT HAPPENED WHY DIDNT THEY TELL HER OR CALL THE POLICE BEFORE IT HAPPENED? ITS ALOT THAT DOES NOT ADD UP IN THIS CASE. WAITING TO SEE HOW IT UNFOLDS!!!

  • tcbnashville Aug 28, 2012

    The original story stated that the $50,0000 was at her home because it belonged to the place she was working, and she was suppose to be making a deposit the next day. Where in the world would she work that would let her take home that kind of money legally home even if the intention was to make a deposit? Just sayin'.....

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 28, 2012

    "Trump or your politicians have money in their house and no one questions that." - doggypoos


    Because they are rich. Is this mom rich? If so, then I could easily envision that kind of money in a bedroom safe. If she's not rich, I would question why she has that kind of cash in the bedroom. Might still be valid, but it often points to ill gotten gains.

  • crustyhalo Aug 28, 2012

    aetius476...Yep thats exactly what I said, I thought I was very clear, obiviously not.The point was.... even when wrong, support your family, support comes in many different forms.Helping and encouraging someone to admit guilt, is not approval of the situation, it's about being a good parent/sister or brother.If I offended you,then too bad, it is my opinion.

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