19-year-old Tyler Hardin’s mother says she’s relieved that two people, who are accused of killing her son, are behind bars. 19-year-old Heather Nowlin is charged with complicity to aggravated murder and her husband, 24-year-old Terrell Nowlin, is charged with aggravated murder that has a gun specification. .
"I told them from the very beginning where to look and gave their names. They asked me why, of course, do I think that. I had to start from the beginning to end to put the story with the baby, " says Hardin’s mother, Kim Saunders.
Hardin recently took a paternity test, which indicated that he was the father of Heather’s two-year-old daughter, Markia…a daughter that her husband, Terrell had been fathering up to that point.
Hardin was going through court proceedings and had a hearing coming up, requesting a new birth certificate for Markia that would change her last name from Nowlin to Hardin. Saunders says the motion sparked a fire under Heather.
"What extend wouldn’t she go to? She made it known to people that she wanted him out of the picture, " says Saunders.
Saunders says heather wanted Markia to be Terrell’s from the beginning and rumors started floating around Hardin’s friends.
"They warned him. They told him to be careful, that there was a hit out on him for $2,000. Tyler told me there was a hit out on him for $2,000 and that Terrell had the hit out on him, " says Saunders.
Saunders says she told her son to be careful and report the threats to his attorney, but he didn’t listen.
"I don’t think he really realized the seriousness of it. Sometimes young people don’t really, they think they’re invincible and that they’re going to be ok, " says Saunders.
But the Muskingum County Sheriff’s office found Hardin’s body in Newton Township just after midnight Sunday.
Saunders says she’s angry and has a message for both Heather and Terrell.
"I hope God has mercy on their souls. I really do. Not only did they hurt me and my family. They also hurt Markia," says Saunders.
The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office says it has other persons of interest in this case and additional charges could be filed in the near future.