CHAMBERSBURG – A Greencastle woman who is accused of offering $30,000 to a man who then murdered her stepmother is scheduled to go on trial this week.
Tosha Daley is charged with first- and second-degree murder, solicitation of first-degree murder, robbery and related offenses in connection to the murder of 46-year-old Jamie Ruth Daley, who was found dead in her Greene Township neighborhood the morning of Dec. 7, 2017. An autopsy showed she died due to sharp force and blunt force trauma, court records show.
Daley's trial is to begin following jury selection Tuesday morning and could last through Feb. 3. Judge Angela Krom will preside in courtroom four in the Franklin County Courthouse Annex.
Multiple 911 calls from neighbors alerted police to the murder more than two years ago. Witnesses reported seeing a suspicious man walking near the scene and getting into a black Jeep SUV that came to pick him up. One woman, who began monitoring the neighborhood after seeing the man get dropped off at an intersection, reported waving to the driver, later determined to be Daley, according to court records.
Daley and Nicholas Shinn were arrested a few hours later in Greencastle.
Shinn pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in October and is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole. Court records show he is expected to testify at Daley's trial.
Shinn was responsible for carrying out Jamie Daley's murder. He said Daley offered him about $30,000 to kill her stepmother in the hopes of getting insurance money, according to court records.
Daley, however, told police that the murder was a result of a robbery gone wrong.
She said she and Shinn came up with a plan the night before to steal money from her stepmother, and she dropped him off at the home to carry it out.
Daley claimed she called her stepmother to warn her of Shinn's arrival, according to court documents.
She said that when she returned to pick up Shinn, he told her he and Jamie Daley had fought and he hurt her "really bad," according to court documents.
Shinn, however, told police following his arrest that after he and Daley met up the morning of Dec. 7, she drove to her stepmother's neighborhood, gave him a knife and dropped him off.
Shinn said he "saw red," and stabbed Jamie Daley in the downstairs area of her home. He said he then fled the house, and Daley picked him up. The two then went to Greencastle.
Police later found Shinn's bloody clothes in a trash bag. They also found a wallet containing Jamie Daley's credit card.
Emergency personnel found Jamie Daley on the front porch of a neighbor's home. Lifesaving efforts were made, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators found blood in Jamie Daley's garage, on the stairs, in the kitchen and at the back of the home, near a back door. Blood was also found on a vehicle in the driveway.
The victim's sister, daughter and cousin spoke at Shinn's sentencing about what it was like to learn of their loved one's murder and how it has affected them and other family members.
Her sister revealed that the murder happened on Jamie's son's 10th birthday.