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An Indiana man is accused of bludgeoning a woman with a baseball bat and stabbing her 24 times in a dispute over $30.
Just before dawn on April 6, residents in Pike Township, Indiana heard people arguing beside a pickup truck that was flashing its lights off and on. Police arrived to find a woman, Shelby Benson, walking around the neighborhood covered in mud and scratches, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by WISH-TV.
Benson told officers that she’d gotten into a dispute with a friend, 39-year-old Chrishteena Veach, who accused her of taking $30. She said the friend had struck her with a frying pan, and she was waiting for her husband, 31-year-old Daniel Gentry, to pick her up, the Indianapolis Star reports.
When Gentry arrived, his pants were also muddy and his hands were covered in blood and scratches, according to the affidavit. He said he’d gotten the injuries while looking for his dogs in a nearby patch of woods after they got loose during the fight.
Police let the couple go. But later that day, authorities returned to the same area after noticing that Veach’s ankle tracker — she had apparently been under home detention related to another matter at the time — had been in the same place for over six hours, FOX 59 reports. The tracker led them to the same patch of woods where Gentry said he’d been looking for his dogs – and they discovered Veach’s dead body.
Veach’s head had been bashed with a heavy object, and she’d been stabbed 24 times in the back, an autopsy report later revealed, according to the Star. Police quickly obtained a warrant to search Gentry and Benson’s home, where they allegedly found a bloody baseball bat and bloodstains in several rooms. Police also found blood and what appeared to be bits of brain matter in the bed of Gentry’s truck, according to the affidavit.
Gentry was arrested on charges of murder, murder in connection with a Schedule IV controlled substance, and possessing drug paraphernalia, according to online inmate records. He is being held without bond, and it’s not clear if he has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.
Benson not been charged in connection with the incident, according to online court records.
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