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40 bucks and crack cocaine lead to Jeffersonville man's murder

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind.  (WDRB) -- Court records show the man and woman charged with killing a Jeffersonville man this week have admitted to the crime.

On Monday, police found 55-year-old Robert Eader, stabbed to death, with his throat cut, in his apartment in downtown Jeffersonville.

On Wednesday morning, police arrested 35-year-old James Washington -- nicknamed Scuddles -- and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Dana Eisenback, at a gas station in town.

And on Thursday, a judge entered not guilty pleas for each in court.

Washington is charged with murder and robbery for killing Eader during an argument over a $40 debt tied to a crack cocaine deal, probable cause affidavits said.

Eisenback is charged with aiding in the murder and robbery -- by driving the getaway car.  Under Indiana law, she is considered as legally responsible for the crimes as Washington.  She burst into tears during her court hearing.

Washington asked circuit judge Daniel Moore why he was denied any bond in the court hearing, because Washington claimed he was trying to surrender just before his arrest.

Moore said, "You don't get any rewards here. We've got a dead person here."  He then appointed a public defender on Washington's behalf.

The Eader death is the third murder case in Clark County in a month.

"This particular case is a story we've heard many times before but with a different name. The root of the murder is a drug transaction. I don't know how many more times we're going to see it before it ends, but that is where we are today," said Clark Co. prosecutor Steve Stewart.

"I don't know the answer, do you?" Stewart asked rhetorically, referring to ever-present drug issues.

Washington and Eisenback each face more than 80 years in prison if convicted. They are held without bond in the Clark County jail, and are due back in court early next year.

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