Evansville man arrested in connection to murder

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- A man is behind bars tonight after being charged with murder. 44-year-old Adam Hartley is accused of killing Charles Quinn in his home on East Illinois Street last month. Quinn was 89.

Emergency crews were called to the home on March 24th after a caregiver called saying Quinn’s home was locked and he was laying on the floor. We know have that 9-1-1 call.

Friends of an elderly man remember their time with him.

“He was a good man. 89 years old. Didn’t bother anyone. Didn’t hurt no one,” Anthony Miller says.

Charles Quinn’s body was found in his East Illinois Street home. This 9-1-1 call prompted a police response to his house.

“I sit with an elderly man and he’s got the doors locked. I don’t have a key and he’s laying on the floor,” the 9-1-1 caller says. “I don’t even think he’s moving.”

Neighbors say that caregiver on the phone is Cara Beckerle. That name is familiar. She is the mother of Aleah Beckerle, a disabled woman who was taken from her home three years ago. Her body found months later in an abandoned house.

Police say they believe Adam Hartley is the only person involved in Quinn’s murder.

Anthony Miller says he knew Quinn well so he thought a medical reason was why Quinn was down.

“My initial thought was, he had trouble walking so he fell,” Miller explains.

He also says he didn’t recognize hartley.

“Is this somebody that you had ever seen around this neighborhood before,” Eyewitness News Miranda Meister asks,
“It was not,” Miller says.

Police say they aren’t sure how Hartley knew Quinn at all.

“We think that maybe he had a connection to potentially one of the caretakers, caregivers,” Nick Winsett with EPD says.

Police say they canvased the neighborhood and asked for video from surveillance cameras in the area. According to our media partner, the Courier & Press, the video was used to help identify Hartley. It also says clothes and a stainless steel pan were found at the scene. All with blood on them.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner says Quinn suffered skull fractures from multiple blows to the head.

EPD says the case is still under investigation.

As of now Hartley is the only person in custody.

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(This story was originally published on April 19, 2020)

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