Four Arrested With Possible Association In Austin Shop Owner’s Death

Four Arrested With Possible Association In Austin Shop Owner’s Death

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Four Scott County Residents have been arrested in connection with the Saturday killing of an Austin jewlery store owner.

Christopher M. Caudill, 31, Water Tower Road, Austin, IN, was arrested and charged with Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of Methamphetamine and Dealing in Methamphetamine.

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Christopher Caudill
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Ginger Cox
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James Matthew Caudill
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Patricia Caudill

James Matthew Caudill, 21, Water Tower Road, Austin, IN. was arrested and charged with Auto Theft, Unauthorized Entry of Motor Vehicle.

Ginger Lee Cox, 23, Water Tower Road, Austin, IN. was arrested and charged with Auto Theft, Unauthorized Entry of a Motor Vehicle.

Patricia A. Caudill, 50, Water Tower Road, Austin, IN. was arrested and charged with Assisting a Criminal.

At this time investigators believe they have at least one person of interest in custody associated with the Robbery and Murder of John Turner.

No other information is available at this time. Information will be released as it becomes available.

Yesterday at approximately 2:30 pm, officers from the Indiana State Police, Austin City Police Department and Scott County Sheriff’s Department went to 5221 Water Tower Road just north of the Austin City Limits. Officers went there to execute a search warrant and locate James Matthew Caudill and Ginger Cox. Both of these subjects were wanted out of Scott County for auto theft.

When officers arrived at the residence, James Matthew Caudill and his brother, Christopher M. Caudill were in a wooded area near the home and were taken into custody by troopers. Ginger Cox was located hiding inside of the residence and was also taken into custody by troopers.

After a search was completed on the residence and property, money, jewelry and other items were located allegedly associated with the Robbery/Murder of John Turner that occurred Saturday afternoon November 11th.

Saturday afternoon shortly after 3:30 pm, someone entered John’s Coin and Jewelry Shop located at 61 West Main Street in Austin and robbed, shot and killed the shop owner, John M Turner, 79, from Austin. John was located by a family member in the shop and 911 was called. The Austin City Police Department and the Scott County EMS responded to what they initially thought was a medical emergency.

When a doctor and the Scott County Coroner’s Office examined John M. Turner at the hospital, they noticed a wound on the victim’s head that was not consistent to the medical issue as first thought and more consistent with foul play. The investigation immediately turned into a death investigation with the Austin City Police Department requesting the assistance of the Indiana State Police. Indiana State Police Crime Scene Technicians and detectives processed the crime scene then immediately began following leads.

Monday an autopsy was performed on John M. Turner at the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, KY. The autopsy revealed the preliminary cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head of John M. Turner.

The official cause of death will not be determined until all of the autopsy results are complete which usually takes up to six weeks.