Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Warrick Suspects Face First Judge ; Trio Charged in Man's Death

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Warrick Suspects Face First Judge ; Trio Charged in Man's Death

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BOONVILLE, Ind. - A man identified in a probable cause affidavit as a fourth suspect in last week's slaying of a Martinsville, Ind., man is being held in the Marion County Jail at Indianapolis. Mat McCallister, 31, whose hometown is listed variously as Boonville and Indianapolis in Warrick County court files, had not been charged as of Tuesday in connection with the death of 35-year- old Joe Nelson.

However, Marion County Jail records show that McCallister has been held there since Feb. 19 on a hold for a "non-Marion County" homicide investigation and other cases. McCallister was identified as a suspect in the affidavit which was released Monday by the Warrick County Prosecutor's Office.

Nelson's body was found Feb. 17 on a coal conveyor belt at Alcoa's Warrick County power plant. An autopsy showed he died from a single gunshot wound to the head, according to Warrick County officials.

Shawn Grigsby, 25, of Evansville; David John Lackey, Jr., 30, and Jade Nicole Stigall, 22, both of Boonville, who were arrested Friday in connection with Nelson's death, made initial court appearances Tuesday in Warrick Superior Court.

Grigsby appeared before Warrick Superior Court I Judge Keith Meier, who found probable cause to hold him on preliminary charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder and ordered him held without bail.

Grigsby sat alone in the courtroom as Meier questioned him about his personal assets to determine if he qualified for a public defender.

"What is the most valuable asset you possess?" Meier asked.

"A pair of shoes, I guess," Grigsby said.

"What monthly expenses do you have?" Meier said.

"Whenever I get money, cigarettes, I guess," Grigsby said.

Lackey and Stigall appeared separately Tuesday afternoon before Superior Court II Judge Robert Aylsworth. Aylsworth informed them that he found probable cause to hold them on preliminary charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder and ordered them held without bond.

He ordered them to return to court at 2 p. …

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