A off and on Butler County woman and a Westmoreland County man are accused of beating a 25-year-old woman to death and burning her body to cover up the crime.
Franklin Police on Friday arrested Amanda Cypher, 32, of Franklin, and Richard Kennedy, 28, on homicide and other charges.
Both are charged with killing Tausha Lee Baker of Franklin.
Cypher, who as recently as September had been listed as having a Butler Township address, and Kennedy are being held in the Venango County Prison without bail.
Court records showed that Cypher had a number of brushes with the law while she lived in Butler County.
Her most recent arrest here was in August when she was picked her up on a pair of warrants following a traffic stop that netted Butler police more than 300 stamp bags of heroin and a loaded handgun. Of course Butler let her out of jail on these charges
Cypher was riding in the car that was stopped Aug. 1 on Virginia Avenue for having a broken taillight.
Police charged the driver, a Pittsburgh man, with having the drugs and gun.
Cypher was placed in the Butler County Prison on an arrest warrant in an unrelated stolen car case that was subsequently withdrawn, and on a separate bench warrant in connection with an unrelated 2011 felony drug case.
In that previous drug case, she was arrested for sneaking more than 6 grams of crack cocaine into the prison.
Investigators suspect she secretly brought the crack into the prison April 20 when she was booked into the jail on charges stemming from a theft case in Butler Township.
She eventually pleaded guilty to smuggling contraband into the prison, a felony, and was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in station prison, followed by 2 years’ probation.