Charges filed in case of body found in chest

James Wade, 60, faces preliminary charge of murder

LAWRENCE, Ind. - Marion County Prosecutors formally charged a man on Thursday with the March 23 homicide of a woman who was found stabbed to death  inside a wooden chest.

James Wade, 60, of Indianapolis, faces charge of murder, according to court documents filed on Thursday.

Jazmine Trammell, 24, was found dead with multiple stab wounds inside a chest next to a dumpster in the Maison Gardens Apartments.

According to a probable cause affidavit released Thursday, Wade's brother contacted the apartment manager after seeing the story on the news and informed her that the chest had belonged to his mother – who had given it to his brother, James.

Inside Wade's apartment, investigators said they found a large bleach spot partially covered by a rug, as well as several other, smaller bleach spots and several blood stains. Blood stains were also found outside the apartment.

A DNA profile of the blood samples matched that of Jazmine Trammell, according to police.

In an interview with police, Wade said that Trammell was his drug dealer, and that he would let her "cook her crack cocaine" in his apartment at times, according to court documents.

Wade said the bleach stain in his apartment was from a spill he had attempted to clean up, and that he often bathed his feet in a bleach and Epsom salt solution to alleviate pain caused by corns.

Wade entered a preliminary plea of not guilty to the murder charge. A pre-trial conference was set for May 27.

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