GREENFIELD — A man accused of stabbing his friend to death during an argument two days before Christmas now faces additional charges based on statements he made during taped phone calls from jail, court records state.
On multiple occasions since his arrest Dec. 24, Colby McKnelly violated a court order by contacting his former girlfriend, a witness in the murder case against him, and asking her to change her statements to police, court documents state.
McKnelly, 26, of Greenfield, is being held without bond in Hancock County Jail on charges including murder, criminal confinement and battery. McKnelly is accused of killing Steven Rogers Jr., 26, of Indianapolis.
Prosecutors have now tacked on 11 additional charges: four counts of obstruction of justice, one count of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice, one count of attempt to commit obstruction of justice and five counts of invasion of privacy.
The new charges stem from phone conversations McKnelly had with Jessi Parsons-Freeman, 27, of Greenfield. Parsons-Freeman, McKnelly’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, serves as the lone eyewitness against McKnelly, who has been ordered to have no contact with her.