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Kentucky State Police make two new arrests in connection with murder of Oldham County woman

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Megan Elston and Bethany "Nikki" Thomas (Source: Carroll County Detention Center) Megan Elston and Bethany "Nikki" Thomas (Source: Carroll County Detention Center)
Joshua Sparkman, Bobby Long and John Downey (Source: Henry County Detention Center) Joshua Sparkman, Bobby Long and John Downey (Source: Henry County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky State Police has arrested made two new arrests in connection with the murder of an Oldham County woman, according to a news release.

Police say the body of 34-year-old Angela Hall body was discovered in a soybean field along Cropper Road in Shelby County. Authorities say the Oldham County mother of three was reported missing Friday, Nov. 20, but they now believe she was murdered weeks before, on Nov. 7. 

According to the press release, police have arrested 24-year-old Megan Elston, of Smithfield, Kentucky, and 30-year-old Bethany "Nikki" Thomas, of Campbellsburg, Kentucky. Both are charged with Complicity to First-degree Assault "for their participation in the assault of Angela Hall that took place in Trimble County on Nov. 7."

Both women are being held in the Carroll County Detention Center.

Police say they had already arrested John Downey and Bobby Long. Both men are accused of killing Hall. Joshua Sparkman, another suspect, is facing an assault charge. 

"Witnesses began coming forward, giving information that she had been assaulted with a weapon in Trimble county and possibly put into a vehicle after the assault had taken place," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Joshua Lawson. 

Investigators say Hall was hit in the head with a baseball bat in Trimble County but murdered in Shelby County. 

Downey's arrest report states, "...the subject repeatedly stabbed Angela Hall in the throat..." and that he "buried the body in a shallow grave, covering it with lime and dirt." 

Downey and Long are also accused of trying to destroy evidence in Henry County. There's no word on a motive. 

"To the best of my knowledge, all three individuals and Angela Hall were acquaintances of one another," Lawson explained. "They knew each other." 

Police say it was tips that led to a break in this case and with the crime spanning different counties, several agencies were involved. 

"Everybody is working very well together to get it concluded but it's a lot of effort to make all those work together," Lawson said. 

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