A convicted felon, who said she served as a “mother hen” to other female inmates during a 2018 stay at the Hardin County Detention Center, outlined how accused killer Lisa Harvey allegedly said she aided in the murder of Andrew Folena. Her testimony Thursday afternoon offered the first hint of what may have been the motive behind his death.
Tonya Dean testified Harvey came into her cell crying one day following her June 10, 2018, arrest. She said she occupied the cell next to Harvey.
Dean said Harvey described Folena as her “Sugar Daddy” and said he had been murdered. Harvey reportedly told her Folena found out she also was having sexual relationships with two other men who lived on the property off Ralph Franklin Road and he planned to tell everyone to leave. He wasn’t aware of the men being around the house until days before his death, according to trial testimony.
Harvey also was Folena’s fiancee.
She said Harvey told her she jumped on Folena’s back with one of his ties and began to strangle him. When he went to the ground, she allegedly said he was beaten by two men she also was involved with, Rick Fisher and Joseph Goodman.
“She said they would never find the tie,” Dean said.
She said Harvey wore the tie as a belt into the jail and it was in her possession.
Defense attorneys Erin Hartman, who represents Fisher, and Ashley Michael, who represents Harvey, questioned why Dean would go to authorities to tell them about what Harvey reportedly told her and challenged her truthfulness.
Michael lined out a series of charges and convictions in Dean’s life for crimes that involved dishonesty such as writing bad checks and using fraudulent credit cards. She went over the charges, some extending nearly 20 years.
“I didn’t tell her to come into my room and tell me what she did,” Dean said.
Dean said she went to authorities “for the next right thing to do and I haven’t done many of those in my life.”
Harvey and Fisher are charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the death of Folena, 58, an Illinois native. He was found June 9, 2018, buried nude in a shallow grave behind the home after a call to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office by Kristy Downs the same day.
Goodman is not charged and testified Fisher told him the day Folena reportedly was killed Fisher had been caught having sex with Harvey in an upstairs bedroom of the home.
The first hour or so of the second day of the trial, Hartman and Michael focused on the credibility of Goodman, a pivotal prosecution witness. Goodman testified Wednesday afternoon he saw Fisher beating Folena after he walked around the home June 6, 2018, because he couldn’t get in the front door after work.
Goodman said when Folena reached the backyard, Harvey and Fisher attacked him, just hours after Folena had seen Fisher with Harvey.
Hartman and Michael questioned Goodman, who was homeless when Folena was killed, on his honesty, drug activity and past criminal history.
On the day Folena was killed, Goodman said he had slept just two hours and had been high on methamphetamine. During that time, he said he heard Fisher and Harvey talking about killing Folena and then a few hours later, the attack happened, Goodman said.
Goodman admitted to Hartman he was “kind of a dope head” and said he had been clean of drugs since a 45-day stint in rehabilitation.
He was interviewed three times by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office — most recently on Oct. 4. At the time, he was told there was a possibility he also would be arrested in the case for either murder or tampering with physical evidence. His DNA reportedly was found on a cigarette butt located by Folena’s body.
“My DNA is there,” he said. “I would assume so. I lived there for a year.”
He said he had been living in fields and a culvert in the area and said he expected his DNA to be in that area.
Goodman also was with Fisher and Harvey when Folena’s debit card was used in the days after his death. Goodman said he and Fisher also went together to sell some of Folena’s belongings provided by Harvey, such as a guitar, to have money to buy more drugs.
In response to Michael’s questioning, he described his role in drug activity as a middle man.
“Like a food delivery man,” he said.
He said he would pick up the drugs and bring them back to the house.
“So you did this out of the goodness of your heart?” she asked. He said he did it so he could get to use drugs.
“She would get me high,” she said of Harvey.
He said meth and marijuana were his drugs of choice.
“Meth makes you do crazy things,” he said. “It didn’t with me, but maybe with them it did.”
“Those two, maybe?” Hartman asked.
“That’s not for me to decide,” he said. “These are my truths.”
Asked by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Teresa Logsdon if he had changed any part of his story through any of the interviews, he said he hadn’t.
“I had nothing to do with it,” he said.
DNA evidence for Harvey and Fisher were not found on items sent to be tested such as a baseball bat, metal pole, walking stick, bandanna or sunglasses. DNA evidence of Folena was found on parts of the metal bat.
Dr. Jeffrey Springer, a forensic pathologist with the state medical examiner’s office, testified Folena died from manual strangulation, blunt force trauma and from being stabbed, according to his autopsy report.
He was stabbed three times in the stomach area and the wounds didn’t puncture any organs, Springer said.
Springer said Folena died from “multiple injuries sustained in an assault.” He had fractured ribs, a fracture in his chest, a scalp laceration and back injuries.
He said Folena “had dramatic injuries.”
“I’m not going to say which one killed him,” Springer said. “I’m going to say it was a combination of the injuries.”
He determined the strangulation was from a body part, such as hand, foot or arm. He didn’t rule out that an apparatus such as a tie might have been used,
“I didn’t see the use of ligature (an item such as rope or tie), it is possible,” he said.
The trial continues today in the Hardin County Justice Center.