Murder charge dropped against female suspect in Great Western Inn death

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FLINT (WJRT) - (01/07/2019) - A judge dropped the murder charge filed against the female suspect in the death of 28-year-old Jessica Flood at the Great Western Inn in Mt. Morris Township.

Both Aaron Thornton and Jennifer Harrington will stand trial on charges related to Flood's death, but only Thornton will be facing first-degree murder and unlawful imprisonment charges at trial. Harrington is only charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Judge Mark Latchana decided to reduce the charges against Harrington at the end of a preliminary hearing, which concluded on Monday.

Investigators testified about the autopsy results on Flood's body in court on Monday, showing she was strangled to death. During questioning of Harrington from Sgt. Laurie Salem, Thornton strangled Flood to death with a phone cord.

Mt. Morris Township Police Sgt. Michael Veach also testified about his part of the investigation on Monday.

"Certainly on the basing on the testimony I've heard, she was present and she was there when Mr. Thornton murdered Ms. Flood but I don't believe there's been any indication that she actively participated in the homicide," said Latchana.

With Harrington's amended charge, she was also granted a $20,000 bond that will require her to be on a tether and supervised release.

Trial dates for Thornton and Harrington hadn't been set as of Monday evening.