Man arrested after live-in girlfriend killed in Indianapolis home

Man hospitalized after woman's death

INDIANAPOLIS - A man was arrested on a murder charge early Tuesday morning, hours after his live-in girlfriend was found dead in a home on Indianapolis' south side, police said.

The woman's body was removed from the home in the 1800 block of Singleton Street nearly eight hours after police were first called. Police later identified the woman as Shanna Elmore, 24.

The man's family called 911, prompting police to come to the home about 10:30 p.m. Monday. The man, later identified as 23-year-old Cory Musick, was hospitalized Tuesday morning.

Details about how Elmore was killed weren't immediately released, but two body bags were used to remove her.

Investigators and a forensics team were still at the home at 6 a.m. Police said they expect to release more details later.

Neighbors told RTV6 that there was a dispute a few days ago involving the couple and that Elmore had finger marks on her neck when she went to use a neighbor's phone.

"He choked her," said neighbor Sierra Gregory. "She had marks on her neck and bruises all over her arm, and the only thing the police did was make him leave."

Neighbors also said there had been several previous disputes at the home. Police runs to the address date back to 2011, when Musick was accused of punching Elmore.

Police were also called to the address for a 2012 domestic disturbance.

Other neighbors said they seemed like a happy couple and like good parents to their two young children.

"They always seem pretty happy. I've never seen them argue," a neighbor said. "I've always seen them do things with their kids and never heard them raise their voice to each other."

Elmore died of multiple massive penetrating sharp force and blunt force traumatic injuries to the head, the coroner said later Tuesday afternoon.

Police were investigating a vehicle at the scene that may be linked to the crime. It was towed away after blood was found inside.

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