Prosecutors Won’t Pursue Concealment Charge in Wayne County Murder Trial

Prosecutors Won’t Pursue Concealment Charge in Wayne County Murder Trial

WAYNE COUNTY (WRXX) – As jury selection was almost underway Monday, Wayne County prosecutors agreed to not pursue a charge of concealment of a homicidal death in the first-degree murder case against a man accused of killing 15-year-old Megan Nichols then disposing of her body in rural Wayne County.

Brodey Murbarger is accused of strangling and suffocating Megan to death in her Fairfield home almost 10 years ago 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.

The court agreed earlier to sever the two home invasion charges against Murbarger and on Monday the concealment charge was dismissed without prejudice, meaning prosecutors could take up the charge again at a later date.

Jurors in the case were sworn in Tuesday morning with opening statements and sworn testimony being heard later in the day.

The trial continued on Wednesday with the prosecution continuing to present its case.

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