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Police arrest 'person of interest' in connection with murder of Austin, Ind. business owner

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Christopher Caudill (source: Scott County Detention Center) Christopher Caudill (source: Scott County Detention Center)
James Caudill (source: Scott County Detention Center) James Caudill (source: Scott County Detention Center)
Ginger Cox (source: Scott County Detention Center) Ginger Cox (source: Scott County Detention Center)
Patricia Caudill (source: Scott County Detention Center) Patricia Caudill (source: Scott County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Scott County, Ind., Sheriff's Department now has one person in custody in connection with the robbery and murder of an Austin business owner. 

Police say John Turner was working Saturday when Indiana State Police say someone walked into John's Coin and Jewelry Shop on Main Street, robbed the 79-year-old, then killed him. A relative discovered his body that afternoon when he didn't come home.

According to a news release, on Monday, police from several agencies went to 5221 Water Tower Road just north of the Austin City Limits to execute a search warrant and locate James Matthew Caudill and Ginger Cox. Both suspects were wanted in Scott County for auto theft.

"We wanted the public to be assured that they can feel safe," said Indiana State Police spokesperson Jerry Goodin said. "There's not a gunman here on the loose that's going around killing people."

The release states 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. Cox was located hiding inside of the residence and was also taken into custody by troopers.

"It's one thing to rob someone," Goodin said. "It's another thing to to use a weapon to rob somebody. And when you shoot somebody it's out of control. It can't be tolerated and won't tolerated."

After a search was completed on the residence and property, money, jewelry and other items were located allegedly associated with the Turner's murder. 

At this time investigators believe they have at least one person of interest in custody associated with the robbery and murder of John Turner but are not releasing which of the four people listed below they believe is responsible.

A total of four people were arrested: 

  1. Christopher M. Caudill, 31 - Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of Meth and Dealing in Meth
  2. James Matthew Caudill, 21 - Auto Theft, Unauthorized Entry of Motor Vehicle
  3. Ginger Lee Cox, 23 - Auto Theft, Unauthorized Entry of a Motor Vehicle
  4. Patricia A. Caudill, 50 - Assisting a Criminal

Related: Austin, Ind. community on edge after well-known businessman gunned down inside store

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