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Within 24 hours of a local radio show host's death, Terre Haute Police detectives made three arrests in connection to the homicide. Another one is pending -- as the fourth suspect identified in the case reportedly remains a patient in the care of an Illinois hospital.
Matt Leucking, 44, was well regarded by many in the community for several years. On monday, he was found murdered at his eastside apartment, located off SR 46.
At this point, three days later, these four suspects are named in the investigation:
Additional details will come out as the investigation continues. Meanwhile, it is known that the victim died after he was struck in the head at home while asleep -- allegedly by a suspect who had broken into his apartment.
According to a probable cause affidavit prepared by THPD Det. Troy Davis, detectives found Luecking on his bed, deceased.
"He had massive trauma to his head, and blood was on the walls and bed in his apartment, "according to the document.
Collins reportedly informed detectives he picked up a heavy object and struck Luecking in the head several times. He allegedly told Selig he stole items from the apartment, including car keys and a wallet containing cash and credit cards.
In the probable cause affidavit for Katie Featherstone, prepared by THPD Det. Ed Tompkins, she was with her boyfriend, Collins, at her north Terre Haute residence the night before Luecking was found dead. Eventually the two met up with her uncle, Don Featherstone, and went to Walmart on SR 46 before going to "an apartment complex close to Walmart East [Village Quarter.]"
After Collins allegedly climbed up to the balcony on the second floor to enter Luecking's apartment, he then opened the door to let the Featherstones inside. Once inside, Kathleen Featherstone reportedly told detectives that it was so dark she couldn't see anything and did not go past the front room. However, according to the document, she managed to feel around on table and find some cash. She took the money to Don Featherstone's vehicle and counted it to total $48.
She sat in the vehicle for about 10 minutes before Don Featherstone and Collins came out of the building. She told detectives it was that point that Collins got inside Luecking's car and drove off. They all left the area.
"Kathleen stated that she recalls her uncle making comments about the guy in the apartment [Luecking] was mistreating a female and that this guy was a douche bag," according to the document.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Selig met Collins and his girlfriend Kathleen "Katie" Featherstone in Rockville after Collins called him at 4:30 a.m. Selig reportedly told investigators that Collins was driving the victim's stolen car. Collins told Selig he broke into Luecking's apartment while the victim slept and beat him with a blunt object in the head.
It was suspicious when Luecking did not show up to work Monday morning. His friends and family could not make contact with him. A well-being check request was made and officers quickly noticed his blue 2016 Chevrolet Colbolt was not parked outside.
According to the report, shortly after a statewide alert was made on the missing vehicle, the Vermillion County Sheriff's Office contacted detectives about Selig and Collins allegedly using Luecking's credit card at the Clinton Walmart. Because the two seemed suspicious in the store, loss prevention confiscated a credit card and driver's license --which belonged to Luecking. The license plate on Selig's vehicle was tracked to a Rockville residence. Parke County Sheriff's deputies and THPD Detectives quickly located Selig and Collins standing next to Luecking's stolen vehicle. They were transported to the THPD for questioning. During that questioning, Katie Featherstone's name was mentioned, leading to her subsequent arrest. Her questioning session led investigator's to more information involving Don Featherstone.
All three suspects remain in held in the Vigo County Jail with no bond allowed. An initial court hearing is set for tomorrow in Vigo Superior Court Div.6
Many question remain while rumors are circulating in the investigation. THPD Assistant Chief Shawn Keen has made assurances that informtion will be released as the investigation allows.
No specifics on the blunt force trauma have been released regarding a weapon.
"Releasing some of those details at this point may interfere with the interviews we have left to conduct," Keen said yesterday, pointing out that some inacurate information is circulating in the community, specifically that the victim was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat.
Luecking's homicide is the fourth in Vigo County in 2016.
Luecking's funeral is scheduled for Saturday in Princeton. Read his obituary and more details at Evansville Courier Press link
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News Writer: Lucy Perry