Prosecutor will seek life without parole for two accused in Warrick slaying

BOONVILLE, Ind. - Warrick County Prosecutor JoAnn Krantz will seek sentences of life without parole for two of the four people arrested in connection with the Feb. 17 slaying of Joseph Nelson.

Krantz filed the motions on Thursday against Shawn Grigsby and Mathew McCallister in the Warrick County courts where their cases are pending, according to the Evansville Courier & Press .

Investigators believe Nelson, 35, of Martinsville, Ind., was shot in the back of the head near a railroad track in northern Warrick County on Feb. 17. His body was found on coal handling equipment at Alcoa’s power plant later that morning.

Four people have been arrested and charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder in Nelson’s death: McCallister, of Indianapolis; Grigsby, 25, of Evansville; and David J. Lackey Jr., 30, and Jade Stigall, 22, both of Boonville, Ind.

According to probable cause affidavits, investigators believe the four met Nelson at a Fairfield Inn hotel in Evansville and drove him to the location where he was shot after being made to kneel with his hands behind his back.

Krantz also filed against McCallister and Grigsby sentence enhancements for use of a firearm and being habitual offenders, and against Lackey and Stigall for use of a firearm.

The enhancements could add extra years to their sentences, but a jury would first have to convict them of the murder charge and then separately on the enhancements.

Motions seeking the setting of trial dates for Lackey and Stigall’s cases also were filed.

McCallister’s fiancée, Kelli Wyrick, 33, of Indianapolis, also has been arrested and charged with assisting a criminal and two counts of drug possession.

Grigsby, Lackey and Stigall all have hearings scheduled Monday in Warrick Superior and Circuit Courts.

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