A 16-year-old girl has been charged in the murder of a southern Indiana man who was killed last month.

Melissa C. Zitterman was charged Tuesday in Greene County Circuit Court with murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting death of 51-year-old Ronald M. Tomich of Linton. She will be tried as an adult.

Tomich's wife, Constance Tomich, had been charged in the murder last week.

Investigators at that time said Constance Tomich first tried to hire her boyfriend and two of her teenage daughter's friends to carry out the killing, but then shot her husband herself.

The charges against Tomich have been amended. She's now charged with aiding in murder.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, new information revealed that Zitterman, a freshman at Linton-Stockton High School, fired four shots from a .38 caliber handgun at Ronald Tomich.

Autopsy results show he died of two gunshot wounds to the head.

Zitterman had earlier told police that she could not pull the trigger and had handed the gun to Constance Tomich, 35.

Zitterman said she did not admit to the shooting earlier because she was scared. She changed her story before she was scheduled to undergo a lie-detector test.

Investigators believe Constance Tomich and her 15-year-old daughter disposed of the murder weapon at a restaurant while driving to Terre Haute immediately after the shooting.

Greene County Prosecutor David Powell said the investigation is continuing, and authorities are weighing charges against others.

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