Heather Nowlin Arraigned in Court

by Emily Baird on July 28, 2010 at 3:29 am

A South Zanesville woman pleads not guilty to six counts, surrounding the murder of Tyler Hardin.

19-year-old Heather Nowlin appeared in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court Wednesday morning and was smiling and laughing throughout the proceedings. Heather faces one count of conspiracy to aggravated murder, one count of kidnapping, one count of complicity to aggravated murder, one count of gross abuse of a corpse, and two counts of tampering with evidence.

Hardin’s mother, Kim Saunders, was in the courtroom and says it’s Heather’s legal right to plead not guilty to all counts, but she wants her to realize what she has done.

"That she admits to what she did. (She) tells the truth, to finally tell the truth, and to be remorseful enough to at least say I’m sorry, " says Saunders.

Once Heather’s arraignment ended, a majority of the courtroom emptied. It’s support Saunders says she has needed.

"That’s helped a lot. A lot of people loved Tyler, not just family but friends. Everybody there was family, " says Saunders.

Heather’s bond was continued at $1 million.

The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office located Hardin’s body earlier this month at an unidentified location in Newton Township.