Three arrested in connection to body found at Alcoa

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. - Three people were preliminarily charged Friday in connection with the death of a Martinsville, Ind., man whose body was found this week at Alcoa’s Warrick Operations.

David John Lackey, Jr., 30, Jade Nicole Stigall, 22, both of Boonville, Ind., and Shawn M. Grigsby, 25, of Evansville were preliminarily charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder, according to investigators. 

Employees at Alcoa’s power plant found the body of Joseph Nelson, 35, on Monday. Nelson was a Martinsville, Ind., resident, according to the Evansville Courier & Journal.

The Warrick County Sheriff’s Office said investigators believe the crime occurred in the northern part of the county but did not say how the body ended up at the Alcoa plant. However, Sheriff Brett Kruse said Friday that the body was discovered in coal handling equipment. According to Alcoa’s annual financial report, the company owns Liberty Mine, which is three miles north of Boonville.

Kruse said all three suspects were arrested in Evansville late Thursday night and booked into the Warrick County Jail hours later on the murder charges. He said probable cause affidavits in the case should be released Monday.

Warrick County Prosecutor JoAnn Krantz said initial court appearances for the three had not been scheduled but would be held early next week.

At the time of their arrest, Lackey and Stigall were out of jail on bond for drug-related charges filed in December. In addition, court records show warrants on new drug charges against the two were issued Wednesday.

Court records show that prosecutors received arrest warrants on dealing methamphetamine charges against Lackey and Stigall from Warrick Superior Court II Judge Robert Aylsworth. Those warrants were served while they were in jail Friday.

Also Friday, prosecutors filed an additional charge of conspiracy to deal methamphetamine against Lackey and Stigall.

Vanderburgh County court records show Grigsby had four felony convictions between 2006 and 2009 on charges including burglary, narcotics, theft and armed robbery.

Indiana Department of Corrections records show that Grigsby was released from prison in December. In September 2009, Grigsby pleaded guilty to burglary and attempted armed robbery and was ordered to serve at least 80 percent of a 10-year sentence by Vanderburgh Circuit Court Magistrate Kelli Fink, according to court records. Department of Corrections records showed Grigsby was paroled Dec. 30.

Kruse said multiple agencies helped with the investigation of Nelson’s death, including the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Boonville City Police Department, Indiana State Police, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Martinsville Indiana Police Department, United States Marshall Service and the Secret Service.

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