Woman headed to trial for shooting death in roadway robbery

Emily Tucker (submitted)
Emily Tucker (submitted)

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A McConnellsburg woman is headed to trial for the fatal shooting of a motorist who was lured into a robbery on a rural roadway in Franklin County.

Emily Tucker, 22, waived her preliminary hearing before a district judge on Tuesday, according to court documents. By waiving the hearing, Tucker didn’t admit guilt but conceded there’s enough evidence for a trial.

Ryan Horton and Christian Harris
Ryan Horton and Christian Harris

Tucker and two co-defendants, Ryan Horton and Christian Harris, both of McConnellsburg, are charged with criminal homicide, robbery and related charges in the killing of 60-year-old Edward Gilhart.

Police said Gilhart, of Maryland, was on his way to work on the early morning of June 2 when he was shot to death on Buchanan Trail West in Peters Township. His body was left on the road and run over by another motorist, and his SUV was found about 25 miles away in Fulton County.

Edward Gilhart
Edward Gilhart

Horton and Harris are already awaiting trial. According to charging documents, Harris told police they plotted to lure a passing motorist into a robbery by planting a duffel bag on the roadway. He said when Gilhart stopped, Horton came out of hiding, shot him to death, and took five or six $20 bills from his wallet.

Police said Tucker drove Harris and Horton to the scene of the crime and then followed Horton, her ex-boyfriend, as he drove Gilhart’s SUV to Fulton County. Police found the vehicle against a tree with anti-freeze poured inside.

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