By Lucy Perry
Indiana Central News
A man remains held in the Vigo County Jail in connection to a homicide after detectives say he shot a woman while she sat inside her vehicle with a friend on the north side of Terre Haute last week. The victim, Katie Nash, 28, died just after undergoing emergency surgery after the bullet reportedly tore an artery.
Robert Jonathan Price ll, 37, initially was arrested Friday, Jan. 13 on aggravated battery charge after fleeing the intersection of North 13th Street and Fourth Avenue in his vehicle. After a court appearance this morning, he is charged with murder.
Price was taken into custody Friday evening at a West Terre Haute residence.. A woman alleged to be with him at the time of the shooting, Madonna Fulford, 27, was also arrested at the residence, charged with assisting a criminal and obstruction of justice.
Possible additional charges were pending the Vigo County Prosecutor's Office review of the case today.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Rob Roberts explained today that after the arrest warrant was obtained Friday afternoon, the victim was still alive, so the murder charge was not applicable at the time.
"We wanted to obtain a warrant as quickly as possible. The amended charges were filed this morning --- after her passing," Roberts said.
According to a probable cause affidavit, prepared by Det. Starla Neidgigh, of the Terre Haute Police Department, Nash suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen at about 10:30 a.m., while she sat with a friend in her green Pontiac Grand Am.
Price is alleged to have quickly pulled up in front of the car, driving a blue Dodge minivan --blocking them in. It is at that time, that Price allegedly pointed a black handgun at Nash, striking her with a soon-to-be fatal shot through a passenger side window. Officials announced she had died of gunshot-related injuries at local hospital at around 6 p.m.
Accordng to the documents, the friend of Nash, who was also the witness to the shooting, reviewed photos of potential suspects with detectives --- clearly identifying Price as the shooter, based on his appearance, including many distinct tattoos and a lazy eye.
Officials have speculated the shooting was provoked by alleged theft of items.
Funeral services for Nash are scheduled for tomorrow at DeBaun Funeral Home.
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