Two more arrested after Indianapolis woman’s body found in cornfield
HANCOCK COUNTY (July 30, 2014) – Two additional arrests have been made in connection with the death of an Indianapolis woman found dead in a Hancock County cornfield.
Katrina Miller, 23, was found dead on July 24 in a field near the intersection of County Road West 800 and County Road 350 North. Investigators said her remains were there for several days.
Monday, police announced the arrest of Amanda Gonzales in the case. Wednesday, prosecutors announced murder and kidnapping charges against Joe Meyers and Ronnie Westbrook in the case.
Miller died from a gunshot wound, and police found a shell casing near her body. They used fingerprints to confirm her identity. After her body was found, two witnesses came forward to tell police they knew what had happened.
One witness said Gonzales told her how Miller died. According to the witness’ account, Gonzales said they drove out to a cornfield and told Miller to get down on her knees. Meyers then shot her in the back of the neck, Gonzales said.
The dispute was over drugs that disappeared in Westbrook’s room earlier, court documents said. After Miller was killed, Westbrook and Gonzales found the drugs. The witness “told (investigators) she thought Gonzales took and hid the drugs because she was mad at Miller for finding her and Westbrook in bed together.”
The witness urged Gonzales to step forward and tell police, but Gonzales didn’t because she was scared, the witness said.
Another witness said Gonzales told her that “Meyers shot and killed Miller in the cornfield.”
Court documents also reveal that Westbrook was wearing a GPS monitoring device. Data from the GPS showed he was in the area of County Road 800 West and County Road 350 North on the morning of July 20, 2014, which is when Miller was killed. He’d traveled there from the Always Inn, 7410 E. 21st St., Indianapolis, which is where he lives.
Westbrook denied killing Miller. Police told him they were convinced he had information about what happened and knew why Gonzales had been charged with murder earlier in the week.
Surveillance video from the Always Inn showed Meyers and Westbrook getting into a Ford Expedition with two other people on the morning of July 20.
When interviewed by police, Westbrook had no explanation for the surveillance video, court documents said.