EPD: Domestic violence led to double homicide at Evansville home

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Two people are dead, and another man is in jail after a double homicide in Evansville.

Evansville Police say a fight at home led to the deadly encounter and detectives believe the two victims knew their alleged killer.

Tuesday morning EPD arrested Ernest Douglas, 46, and charged him with two counts of murder.

Crime scene tape roped off the home at 1900 Plantation Court on Tuesday. It is not far from the intersection of Weinbach and Pollack.

The bodies of Donte Meriweather, 43, and Satanna Kendle-Douglas, 43, were found Monday night. EPD officials believe they died days ago.

Ernest Douglas

Most neighbors on Plantation said they do not know them.

One woman who wanted to remain anonymous said it still hits close to home.

“It’s kind of unnerving,” she said. “You don’t want that to happen anywhere, but especially not next door.”

According to police, Satanna and Ernest were married. Police say a fight in June between Ernest and Meriweather led Ernest to be barred from the Plantation Court property.

Last month, a trespassing call was made alleging Ernest Douglas was at the home.

Crime scene on Plantation Court

Police officers were called there Monday night for a welfare check. Officers could smell decomposition from inside the home.

“We haven’t had any major problems or anything, but I would say that’s a major problem,” the neighbor said. “It’s kind of scary at times.”

Detectives identified Douglas as a suspect based on witness information and other evidence. Police say the deaths appear to be related to domestic violence.

Evansville Police declined an on-camera interview today and officials did not say why.

Police did not say how the victims died.

EPD believes Ernest Douglas is the only suspect.

Based on the condition of the bodies, police believed they had been there for several days.

Police said the two victims, Satanna Douglas and Donte Meriweather, had previously been married.

Police also said that Ernest Douglas was married to Satanna at the time of her death.

Although legally married, police said Satanna had prior issues with Ernest that led him to be barred from the Plantation Ct. home in June 2019.

The incident which led to Ernest being barred from the home reportedly included a fight between Ernest and Donte Meriweather, police said.

On July 29, 2019, police said a ‘trespassing in progress’ call was made to authorities, alleging that Ernest Douglas was at the home.

Police said the deaths appear to be domestic violence-related.

The investigation is ongoing.

ORIGINAL STORY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Evansville Police currently have a home on Plantation Court blocked off with crime scene tape.

Police say the reason officers are at the home is for a death investigation.

Evansville Police say two people have been found inside the home during a “check welfare” call on Monday night.

This is near Weinbach Avenue and Pollack Avenue.

Evansville Dispatch says the welfare check call was made to the home Monday night shortly before 7:00.

No other details are being released right now.

We will provide more information on this story as it comes in.

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This story was originally published on August 20, 2019

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