MARSHALL -- An Indiana man has been charged with murder after reportedly confessing to killing a woman in Martinsville when he lived there more than four years ago.
The Illinois State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor Office filed two counts of first-degree murder charges Monday in Clark County Circuit Court against Connor W. Scott, 24, of Danville, Indiana. He is accused of killing Kaylyn Whitaker, 20, of Terre Haute, Indiana, at Scott's home in Martinsville on Oct. 31, 2014.
Scott was advised of the charges during a hearing on Monday at which he requested the appointment of legal counsel. Judge Tracy Resch appointed Public Defender William McGrath to represent Scott. This case has been set for a March 4 preliminary hearing, when a judge considers prosecution evidence to decide if there is sufficient reason for a case to continue.
The Associated Press has reported that Danville, Indiana, police say Scott walked into the police station Sunday night and confessed to killing Whitaker. The AP reported that her shooting death was originally considered a suicide, but it was ruled a homicide about 10 months later.
Ed Parkinson, with the Illinois State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor Office, said Scott and Whitaker were engaged in fall 2014 and living with his parents in Martinsville. He said investigators found that they were the only two home at midday Oct. 31, 2014, when she died as the result of a gunshot wound to the back of her head.
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"(Scott) was maintaining he didn't do it and she must have killed herself," Parkinson said.
The Clark County state's attorney later requested that the Illinois State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor Office review the evidence in the case, Parkinson said. Their office subsequently determined the evidence indicated that the death of Whitaker was a homicide, Parkinson said.
"We were ready to file charges as recently as a few days ago," Parkinson said, adding that he was surprised by Scott's reported confession and unsure what prompted this action. Parkinson said he and fellow special prosecutor Matthew Goetten will prosecute the case.
Scott was initially held at the Hendricks County Jail in Danville, Indiana, and was later extradited on Monday to Illinois, where he has been placed in the custody of the Clark County jail. He is being held with his bond set at a level that he would need to post $100,000 in order to be released from custody.
The AP reported that police say Scott had been living in Danville, Indiana, for about six months after moving there from Noblesville, Indiana. The Illinois State Police has led the investigation into Whitaker's death.