WAYNE COUNTY (WRXX) – The Wayne County jury trial of a 26-year-old man charged with the murder of his 15-year-old girlfriend nearly 10 years ago kicked off Tuesday morning with jury selection.
Brodey Murbarger is accused of strangling and suffocating Megan Nichols to death in her Fairfield home on July 3, 2014, and later burying her body in a shallow grave in a rural part of Wayne County.
Nichols was considered a missing person until her remains were found in a farm field outside Boyleston, Illinois in 2017.
Murbarger was arrested in 2020 while working in Indiana, on three charges of first-degree murder, Class 3 felony concealment of a homicidal death, and two Class X felony counts of home invasion to commit a sex offense. He’s remained in the Wayne County Jail since that time with bond set at $300,000 cash.
The court agreed earlier to sever the two home invasion charges against Murbarger.
During a final pre-trial hearing Tuesday, Judge Michael Molt granted a prosecution motion to admit proof of other crimes the defendant allegedly committed and also to admit relevant text messages sent between Murbarger and his then-girlfriend Megan Nichols.