A 15-year-old girl has been indicted in the murder of her stepmother, while her 20-year-old boyfriend, who was also a suspect, died after committing suicide in his jail cell.
A grand jury decided on Thursday that Jenna Oakley will be charged as an adult for complicity to murder and theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 after Rhonda Oakley, 52, was found dead inside her home in Danville, Kentucky on September 1.
That day, Jenna went missing, only to be found two days later in her mother's car with boyfriend Kenneth Nigh nearly 1,200 miles away in a motel parking lot in Tucumcari, New Mexico.
Nigh, who was charged with possessing stolen property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, hanged himself in his jail cell and died in the hospital, WDRB reported.
Jenna's father Phillip Oakley mourned the death of his 'soulmate' and had harsh words for his own daughter, telling ABC: 'The whole time I knew who did this. And so no it is not a surprise...She deserves everything she gets.'
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Jenna Oakley, 15, (left) has been indicted in the murder of her stepmother, while her boyfriend Kenneth Nigh (right) who was also a suspect, died after committing suicide in his jail cell
On September 1, Rhonda (pictured with husband Phillip Oakley, Jenna's biological father) was found dead in the basement of her Kentucky home and her Honda Civic was reported missing
On September 1, Rhonda was found dead in the basement by her 13-year-old stepson when he returned home from school, and her white Honda Civic was reported missing.
The Boyle County Coroner has not released details on the cause of Rhonda's death.
Jenna, who went missing that day, was traced through her cell phone to a truck stop in New Mexico.
A criminal complaint reveals 911 dispatchers in Tucumcari referred to Jenna Oakley as 'a primary suspect of a homicide that occurred in Boyle County, Kentucky,' according to WDRB.
On September 3, officials found the missing car in a Motel 6 parking lot nearby, with Jenna sitting in the driver's seat with Nigh.
An officer asked Nigh to roll down the window, but he locked the doors instead, while Oakley started the vehicle.
But authorities managed to arrest the couple.
The teenager and her boufriend were found two days later nearly 1,200 miles away from Danville in a motel parking lot in Tucumcari, New Mexico
Shortly after his arrest, Nigh tried to hang himself in a New Mexico jail, and he was taken to a local hospital before being transferred to another in Amarillo, Texas, where he was placed on a ventilator.
Nigh, who was charged with possessing stolen property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, had been considered a suspect in Rhonda's murder, but had not yet been charged because of his medical condition,WLKY reported.
On Friday, Quay County Sheriff confirmed Nigh had died, according to WDRB.
Jenna was returned to Kentucky, where she is held without bond in a juvenile detention center.
She was indicted as an adult by a grand jury in Boyle County, Kentucky, with an arraignment scheduled on November 1, WKYT reported.
The indictment said Jenna 'committed the offense of murder by causing the death of 52-year-old Rhonda Oakley, or that another person did so by acting in complicity with the defendant to commit this crime.'
The indictment said Jenna 'committed the offense of murder by causing the death of 52-year-old Rhonda Oakley (pictured), or that another person did so by acting in complicity with the defendant to commit this crime'
Phillip previously declared his hatred for Jenna and said he hoped both she and Nigh 'rot in hell'. Following his daughter's indictment, he said he was not surprised
Phillip, who previously said he hoped both she and Nigh 'rot in hell', told ABC: 'I have no remorse for whatever happens to Jenna. She deserves everything she gets.'
Last month, he told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he knew who murdered his wife, adding: 'I can tell you that I hate my daughter. I do not care about my daughter.
'I'm worried about the people that I need to protect and that's not one of them.'
He also said his wife's death was 'unnecessary'. They would have celebrated their third wedding anniversary this December.
In an earlier interview with local station WDRB, Oakley said: 'You grow up and you have children and you know, you say you’ve got unconditional love for your children.
'That’s not true. That’s not true. I found some way to not have unconditional love for my child.'
He added: 'What people say about Jenna, I don’t care. Say, feel however you want about her. I don’t care.'
Phillip, who would have celebrated three years of marriage with his wife in December set up a GoFundMe page to recover his wife's stolen car after it was impounded in New Mexico.
He paid tribute to the mother and grandmother, saying she adored all of her children and grandchildren.
'She was just such a great person, she made me a better person. She changed me,' he said.