A Greenfield man who police say beat his own uncle to death with a hammer has been formally charged with murder.
On February 16th, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a dead person at the residence 39-year-old Daniel James Smith shared with his mother and uncle. When investigators arrived at the home, they were directed by Smith’s mother to an unresponsive male in the living room. The man had severe facial trauma and was not breathing, but Smith’s mother was able to identify him as her half-brother, Freddie Patterson, 69. She then told officers her son, Daniel Smith, was also in the house.
Upon further questioning, the female resident stated she went to bed around 9 pm but was later awakened by banging. When she got up to find the source of the noise, her son brushed past her on his way to the bathroom, and she thought he had something in his hand like “Jell-O or blood with fruit in it.” She called out to her brother, but there was no answer. She then found him in a chair in the living room, mutilated. The woman also stated her brother and son “did not have a good relationship.”
Smith was arrested without incident. Once in custody, he made various statements to authorities concerning a cult, illegal products, and the Chinese Mafia. He then claimed his uncle was molesting a minor, which made Smith feel “angry and discussed.” Smith admitted to drinking a six pack of beer and moonshine shots in the hours before the murder but claimed he had been programmed by a brain implant to attack Patterson. Informed of the victim’s death, Smith first offered to donate a portion of his own brain to help him, but then told investigators “he was not really sure” if the man he allegedly killed was Patterson.
Smith has pled not guilty to an initial charge of murder. He is currently being held in the Hancock County jail without bond.
An Indiana man was arrested over the weekend after inquiring at a local business about his lost meth.
Christian Horton, proud citizen of Madison and an early frontrunner for 2023’s Criminal Mastermind of the Year Award, allegedly misplaced his bag of methamphetamine last Saturday. Later that same day, an employee of a local business whose bathroom Horton had patronized found the drugs and called police.
That’s where the matter probably would have ended, if Horton weren’t a complete and total idiot.
The twenty-seven year old apparently decided to retrace his steps in search of his stash and soon returned to the unnamed business – where he was caught on security cameras asking if anyone had, perhaps, turned in his crank to the Lost and Found.
Police caught up with Horton via a traffic stop the next day. He was in possession of more meth at the time of his arrest.
Horton’s initial hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
Authorities are asking for the public’s help to identify the people who maliciously shot the caretaker of a Union County property.
According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the incident occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, January 6th, when the caretaker found four hunters illegally hunting on private property. An argument ensued, which led to the caretaker receiving a single non-life threatening gunshot wound.
Other details are scarce due to DNR officers withholding key information – such as the exact location of the property, its owner, and the caretaker’s identity – in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation.
Anyone with information concerning this case or the possible identities of the hunters should call Conservation Officer Central Dispatch @ 812-837-9536, or leave an anonymous tip at 800-TIP-IDNR (800-847-4367).
A woman was arrested yesterday after police say she abducted a child from an Indiana elementary school.
According to a statement from Scott County District 1 Superintendent Trevor Jones, the woman who was later identified as Austin resident Brittany Hurtt, 34, gained access to the second-grader by jumping a fence. After snatching the girl from the playground, Hurtt reportedly fled with the child.
The little girl was returned safely, something Jones credits to the quick thinking of both staff and local law enforcement.
“Our staff notified the office, who notified our school resource officer who notified the local police,” Jones said. “And fortunately, we had the student back within minutes. The adult was arrested within minutes. We are very fortunate that the student is physically fine.”
Hurtt – who apparently is not related to the child she abducted – was charged with kidnapping, resisting law enforcement, battery resulting in bodily injury to a public safety official, criminal tresspass, and public nudity.
Superintendent Jones said Hurtt was fully-clothed when she was at the school.
The motive for abducting the child is currently unknown.