Indiana State Police say the 47-year-old suspect wanted in connection to a murder in Cannelton has been arrested.


Authorities in Perry County were on the lookout for Stacy B. Matheny following a Cannelton-area homicide Monday morning.

Police said Matheny of 4338 Bell Hollow Road, Cannelton, drove to a residence at 4346 Bell Hollow Road and confronted Phillip Chase, 47, outside the residence at 11:05 a.m.

After a brief verbal altercation, police reported Matheny allegedly pulled a handgun and fatally shot Chase.

Chase was pronounced dead at the scene by the Perry County Coroner. Police say Chase was visiting the person who resides at the residence when the incident occurred.

Police say Chase’s address is not known at this time.

Following the shooting, Matheny was reported to be driving a green 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac four-door SUV pickup truck with a handicapped license plate bearing D657FJ.

The truck is registered to Matheny’s father, Earl Matheny, who at the time was reported to be an occupant in the vehicle.

At approximately 3:53 p.m., a Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted the murder suspect’s vehicle on State Road 144 north of Patesville, KY. The vehicle was stopped and Matheny was taken into custody without incident.

Police report a handgun was recovered from inside the vehicle.

Matheny was taken to the Hancock County Jail where he is currently being held on charges from Indiana and Kentucky that include Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Murder.

Police say Matheny’s father, Earl Matheny, was driving the vehicle when stopped by deputies but he was not arrested. The investigation is continuing.