By Lucy Perry
Indiana Central News
While a woman accused of murder has denied she pulled the trigger, a man with a lengthy criminal history has been questioned as part of the investigation, according to court documents.
According to the probable cause affidavit prepared by Det. Keith Mowbray, of the Terre Haute Police Department, the suspect, Ashley L. Johnson, 31,confessed that an accomplice, Vernon L. Eversole, allegedly was involved in Friday's fatal northside shooting .
David Carroll was shot at a residence located at 4421 N. 18th St. at around 6:30 a.m.Friday. Johnson, of Terre Haute, was taken into custody at her Seventh Avenue residence Friday afternoon --- just before she learned the 34-year-old victim was dead from the gunshot wound.
The homeowner at the scene informed police that the vicitm had stumbled in and said "she shot me," referring to Johnson, according to the report.
After initially denying knowing about a shooting during questioning at police headquarters, Johnson reportedly began to talk after finding out she is, in fact, at the center of a homicide investigation.
"Johnson stated she told Eversole about David [Carroll] being mean to her, so he told her to go back to the residence and he would take care of it," according to the affidavit. She said she heard the gunshot fired when Eversole allegedly chased Carroll into the garage to get his "dope," as she stood outside.
Eversole, 46, of West Terre Haute. was arrested yesterday morning and booked into the Vigo County Jail on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.He also was wanted on two outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest. Eversole remains in custody on $250,000 bond, no 10 percent allowed.
When officers from the THPD Street Crimes Unit located Eversole on East Woodsmall Road, a 9 mm handgun allegedly was in plain view on the driver's side floor board, according to court documents.
A witness at an earlier traffic stop reportedly tipped officers off at Eversole's whereabouts. He also informed officers that Eversole was armed with two handguns, a 9 mm and .32 caliber. The witness also said he had just purchased a box of .32 ammunition for Eversole at a local store.
Johnson was booked into the Vigo County Jail just before 5 p.m. Friday. She is charged with felony murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, obstruction of justice, possession of paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and trafficking with an inmate. She is scheduled for an initial court appearance tomorrow in Vigo Superior Court 6 before Judge Michael Lewis and remains held, with no bond allowed.
The homicide investigation is ongoing. Meanwhile, Eversole has been booked into the Vigo County Jail six times since 2004, according to jail records. He also was convicted of dealing cocaine in 2004. Johnson has been booked into the jail five times since 2013.
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By Lucy Perry
Indiana Central New
A Terre Haute woman was arrested, along with her two teenaged children, after police say she attempted to interfere with her son being transported to the juvenile center for allegedly drinking and driving early Saturday morning.
Taken into custody:
According to Indiana State Police Trooper BJ Patterson, Trooper Rondell Shelton attempted to stop the vehicle for disregarding a stop sign just after midnight. The 14-year-old male juvenile suspect allegedly ignored his emergency lights and siren.
The teen driver continued fleeing until losing control of the vehicle during the police pursuit.
"At one point during the pursuit the vehicle stopped, let out a passenger and the vehicle took off. The passenger of the vehicle put up his hands and did not resist. Trooper Shelton continued to pursue the vehicle until the driver of the vehicle missed a turn and struck a telephone pole," Patterson said.
He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.following the crash. The juvenile’s blood alcohol level reportedly tested .119. It was at this time , Bendekovich and the female juvenile appeared at the hospital, along with several other people.
The teen's mother and sister allegedly became verbally argumentative towards law enforcement and hospital staff. Meanwhile, the juvenile suspect reportedly attempted to flee from the hospital. Patterson said he was quickly apprehended by Trooper Brad Fyfe who responded to the scene.
Several law enforcement officers, along with hospital security, helped control the situation after Bendekovich allegedly struck Trooper Shelton’s patrol vehicle with her purse and became physically aggressive due to not wanting her son to be taken to the juvenile facility, according to the report.
The mother was taken into custody, while the sister of the juvenile allegedly attempted to get in Trooper Shelton’s patrol car and tried to prevent him from taking her brother to the juvenile center. She was also arrested at the time.
Trooper Courtland Woodruff, several Terre Haute City Police officers, along with hospital staff, assisted at the scene.
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