Charges filed in dou­ble mur­der, at­tempted mur­der cases

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­courier.com

For­mal charges have been filed in Sa­line County Cir­cuit Court for a dou­ble mur­der case.

Luke Tal­bert, 29, of Benton, is fac­ing two Class Y felonies for cap­i­tal mur­der in con­nec­tion with the deaths of Tal­bert’s brother and sis­ter-in-law.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments that were filed last week, Benton of­fi­cers re­sponded Oct. 29 to a res­i­dence on Free­man Street for a re­ported shoot­ing.

Of­fi­cers re­port­edly lo­cated Mark Tal­bert, 26, and Mea­gan Tal­bert, 23, in the liv­ing room. Both vic­tims died as a re­sult of gun­shot wounds.

Luke Tal­bert, who was in the front yard of the res­i­dence, was de­tained by of­fi­cers.

“Luke Tal­bert con­fessed to shoot­ing his brother and sis­terin-law with a shot­gun fol­low­ing a phys­i­cal fight with Mark,” ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Since he was not given a bond, Tal­bert is still be­ing held in the Sa­line County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

Charges were also re­cently filed for an un­re­lated at­tempted mur­der case.

Jerred Woot­ten, 33, is fac­ing a Class A felony af­ter he al­legedly hit a man in the head sev­eral times with a bat.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­port of the in­ci­dent, de­tec­tives re­sponded to Sa­line Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal where the vic­tim was un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

The vic­tim had “suf­fered sev­eral skull frac­tures and brain bleed as a re­sult of blunt force trauma … the vic­tim ap­peared to have two lac­er­a­tions to his head as a re­sult of the blunt force trauma. One I ob­served a lac­er­a­tion along (the vic­tim’s) fore­head ex­tend­ing into the hair­line above his right eye­brow. I ob­served a lac­er­a­tion to­ward the crown of (the vic­tim’s) head above his right ear. (The vic­tim’s) eyes ap­peared swollen and dis­col­ored to a shade of pur­ple,” ac­cord­ing to a Sa­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice af­fi­davit.

The in­ci­dent re­port­edly oc­curred on East Sec­ond Street in Traskwood.

Wit­nesses al­legedly told po­lice that Woot­ten struck the vic­tim with a base­ball bat “two to three times,” ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

“The wit­ness ex­plained Mr. Woot­ten ap­proached (the vic­tim) from be­hind. Mr. Wooten was said to have taken a pho­to­graph of the re­sult­ing blunt force trauma via (the vic­tim’s) phone and dis­sem­i­nated the pho­to­graph,” ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Woot­ten also still be­ing held in the Sa­line County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

Woot­ten

Tal­bert

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