Three women arrested in connection with woman’s murder

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – Three women have been charged in connection with the murder of an Evansville woman.

A body found near Ellis Park Sunday has been identified as a Kimra Miller, 23.

According to police records, Ciarra Landfair, her sister Lakeysha Couto, and Gracie Smith have all been charged in connection with Miller’s death.

The women were booked in Vanderburgh County Jail early Friday.

L to R: Ciarra Landfair, Lakeysha Couto, Gracie Smith

Couto and Landfair are charged with murder and obstruction of justice. Smith is charged with obstruction of justice, and assisting a criminal with a felony.

The body of Kimra Miller was found on Sunday by a farmer in tall grass behind Ellis Park.

Henderson County Sheriff’s detectives were investigating the case for days before Miller’s name was known.

“This investigation really picked up the pace once the identification was made,” said Evansville Police Sgt. Jason Cullum.

EPD took over the investigation once it was determined Miller died in Evansville.

According to a police affidavit, Miller lived in a house on South Garvin Street with Landfair and Smith.

The house of S. Garvin St. where police believe Miller was killed

Landfair told police the women were drinking in the home the night before Miller was killed, when Miller and Couto began fighting in the kitchen and living room.

Landfair told police that after the fight, Miller went to bed. Later that night, Landfair said Couto went into Miller’s room where she could hear them fighting.

As Landfair looked in the bedroom, she told detectives she saw Couto on top of Miller who was lying face down in a turned over recliner.

Landfair said Couto came out into the kitchen of the home and said “her problems were gone.”

Evansville Police say Couto blamed Landfair for Miller’s death.

Investigators have not said how Miller died.

Farmland behind Ellis Park where Miller’s body was found

According to the affidavit, Landfair admitted to driving a car with Miller’s body in it to Ellis Park with Couto and Smith.

Smith admitted to being in the car. She told detectives Landfair pulled Miller’s body from the car and dumped it in tall grass.

“We believe all three were aware of the death, and all three participated in removing her body from the house,” Cullum said.

According to Evansville Police, Smith told detectives Landfair admitted to the killing when she showed her Miller’s body.

Couto denied any involvement in Miller’s death.

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(This story was originally published on June 7, 2019)

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