Plea hearings held for family accused in 2012 cold case

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UPDATE: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 2:30 PM 

Hearings were held in Wyoming County on Tuesday for three people who are connected to a 2012 cold case.  The three suspects entered pleas before a judge in Pineville.

Terry Browning, who is accused of killing Elsker Hurley, pleaded not guilty.  His trial was set to begin on Sept. 24 at 9 a.m.

Stephanie Browning also pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.  The judge denied a request for bail.  Her trial is scheduled to begin on Aug. 21 at 9 a.m.

Deborah Hurley Browning pleaded not guilty and was given a $50,000 bond.  She is set to go to trial on Aug. 28 at 9 a.m.


ORIGINAL STORY: New details have emerged in a 6-year-old murder investigation out of Wyoming County. 

In 2012, Elsker Lee Hurley was found dead from a gunshot to the back of the head.

Terry Paul Browning, Stephanie Browning and Deborah Hurley-Browning are all facing charged in connection to the investigation. 

According to Wyoming County Prosecutor Mike Cochrane, all three suspects hired Hurley to burn down their home so they could collect insurance money. They allegedly told Hurley they would pay him $5,000 for the job, but never did. When Hurley started demanding for his share of the money, he was murdered. 

Terry Browning is charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, first degree robbery, insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. 

Stephanie Browning is charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit murder and accessory after the fact.

Deborah Browning-Hurley is charged with insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. 

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