Kentucky teenager pleads not guilty in stepmother’s death

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a Kentucky teenager who fled the state after her stepmother’s death has pleaded not guilty to charges including complicity to murder.

Multiple news organizations report 15-year-old Jenna Oakley‘s attorney entered a not-guilty plea Tuesday on the charges, which also include theft by unlawful taking in the death of 52-year-old Rhonda Oakley.

The teen was reported missing after Rhonda Oakley’s body was found in the family home Sept. 1. Two days later, police said they discovered Jenna Oakley in her stepmother’s car in New Mexico. Her boyfriend, 20-year-old Kenneth Nigh, was in the passenger seat, they say.

Authorities said Nigh attempted to hang himself in custody and later died at a hospital.

Jenna Oakley was indicted as an adult in October.

Police haven’t said how Rhonda Oakley died. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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