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18-year-old headed to trial for murder of Casady student Anne Hill

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Friday, a judge found enough evidence to send an 18-year-old to trial in the high profile murder of Anne Hill.

Hill, a Casady student, was missing for months in 2014, and it wasn't until a year later that her remains were found in rural McClain County.

Hill's family sat holding hands on the front row of the courtroom Friday, as prosecutors laid out their case for the judge.

You may remember, Chloe Thomas admitted to police her involvement in the murder and implicated a second suspect, Chadd Raymond.

Originally, he was charged with first degree murder but, last year, he cut a deal with the state and testified against Thomas Friday.

For months after Hill vanished in April 2014, Hill's family desperately searched for her, while police interviewed the two teens who had last seen Hill alive.

Thomas eventually admitted to investigators that Raymond had killed Hill and Thomas helped get rid of the body.

Then, last year, Raymond started talking and said he did choke Hill, but it was Thomas who finished choking Hill until she died.

Raymond took the stand Friday.

"A life was lost, and that’s never a good thing, but the individual that took the life and admitted on the stand it was his idea to take her life is the one who’s being punished right now and should continue to be punished," said Thomas' attorney, Michael Trevino.

Raymond told the court the plan was to rob Hill and take her car.

So, he said Thomas text messaged Hill acting like Raymond's older brother, who Hill had a relationship with.

Hill showed up at the apartment where Thomas and Raymond were.

Hours later, she was dead.

Raymond said he and Thomas took Hill's body and headed south, eventually dumping it in a field in McClain County.

Raymond testified he covered Hill's head with a sack, hitting her multiple times with a wrench.

He said Thomas suggested that would keep someone from recognizing Hill.

A year later, Hill's skull and two dozen bones were found scattered in the field.

“For even closure or healing to start, they have to know what happened, they have to go through this process of conviction, they have to heal and I don’t think they’ll ever completely heal,” said Hill family friend Darcie Parton-Scoon.

As far as a motive, prosecutors said Thomas was jealous of Hill because she too had a relationship with Raymond’s brother.

“I think they’re looking for a motive, and it’s just not there. There was a relationship, but it was one of convenience. It wasn’t love, you are my soul mate type of relationship,” Trevino said.

Raymond is serving 35 years in prison for his involvement in Hill’s murder.

A trial date for Thomas has not been set.

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