Melody Fisher, accused of being an accomplice in a deadly pharmacy robbery in Elm Grove, entered an Alford plea in court on Tuesday morning, pleading guilty to first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
An Alford plea means that the defendant admits enough evidence exists with which a judge or jury would likely find the defendant guilty, but the defendant still maintains his or her innocence.
Fisher faces 30 years in prison on the first-degree robbery charge and 1-5 years on the conspiracy to commit robbery charge.
On Tuesday, the judge presiding over the Melody Fisher trial ruled that the state can amend the indictment against Fisher. The judge also ruled that the prosecution can use Fisher's alleged drug use as a motive for the crime.
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Melody Fisher, the woman accused of being an accomplice in an attempted pharmacy robbery turned deadly, was in court on Friday for her pretrial hearing.
The case has stretched on for nearly 10 months, and in just two weeks, the trial is set to begin. On Friday, many elements of the trial were addressed in court.
Count one of first-degree murder was officially dismissed today and the judge also decided the jury will be allowed to view the scene of the crime in person. The jury will also be shown surveillance footage of the incident inside the pharmacy, but the state felt this first-hand look at the scene will help the jury when reviewing evidence during the trial.
Also at issue today was whether Fisher's alleged drug dependence can be used as a motive in the trial. The state wants to admit two segments of a recording of an interview with Fisher and a state trooper regarding her use of prescription pills. That corporal testified today. The defense claimed the testimony did not prove his client had a drug problem.
The judge took the matter under advisement and is expected to rule next week. Also under advisement is a motion to amend the indictment.
Melody Fisher's trial is scheduled to begin May 1.