Man with prior attempted murder charge arrested again for same charge

The Evansville Police Department is investigating a shooting on the city's south-east side.

It happened Friday night, after 8:30 P.M., on Frisse Avenue near the intersection of Weinbach.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the Hatt family had just pulled into their driveway. When Chanda Hatt got out of the vehicle, Daniel Hatt, says he heard 3 or 4 shots fired and then heard Chanda scream. 

Daniel says in the affidavit, he told his 12 and 13 year old children to run to the neighbors, and was trying to move his wife to safety when the police arrived.

Once officers arrived on scene, they tried to tend to Chanda's medical needs when more shots were fired. According to the affidavit, David and officers ran to the front of the home to avoid being in the line of gunfire. 

More officers arrived on scene and the shots stopped. The affidavit says Richard Worley then exited the area and was taken into custody. Worley admitted to police that he was waiting on the ground behind a fence for the Hatt family to return home. Worley also admitted to shooting at the vehicle and its occupants with an AR-15.

Worley also admitted to taking silver bars from the Hatt home and sold them for cash to buy cigarettes and beer.

Neighbors say Worley was house-sitting for the family. 

Chanda died on the scene. The Vanderburgh County Coroner confirms Chanda died from a single gunshot wound to the head. 

One of the shots fired went into a home across the street, landing in the room of a 10-month-old child. 

Worley is currently in the Vanderburgh County Jail facing charges of murder, attempted murder, criminal recklessness, theft and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

Back in 2008, Worley was charged with attempted murder and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. In February 2014, Worley was released early as part of the community transition program.

 

(This story was originally published on Friday, October 13, 2017)

 


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