Judge Recuses Himself from Sentencing Co-defendant in Franklin Murder Case
A woman charged in connection to a violent murder in Franklin, PA, was set to learn her fate, after entering a plea deal with prosecutors.
However, before 34-year-old Amanda Cypher was scheduled to be sentenced, Venango County Judge Robert Boyer recused himself from the case.
Judge Boyer told the courtroom that he just received this case last week, and that he is friends with the victim Tausha Baker’s family.
“I am personal friends with a number of family members of the victim in this case,” said Judge Boyer. “I am recusing myself from this case. I will not sentence or accept a plea.”
Prosecutors and Cypher now have more time to work out a plea deal.
Last month, a jury convicted her co-defendant Richard Kennedy, 30, of first-degree murder, for the death of 25-year-old victim.
In October of 2017, investigators say Kennedy brutally beat Baker with a frying pan, inside of a home in Franklin.
Prosecutors say Cypher then drove Kennedy and Baker to an area off of Waterworks Road, where Kennedy stabbed the victim multiple times and bludgeoned her to death with a rock.
Police say Kennedy then lit Baker's body of fire.
Cypher testified against Kennedy at his trial, and entered a plea agreement with the Commonwealth.
Exactly how that deal will play out, now remains to be seen.
Kennedy faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, when he is sentenced on May 30.