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Murder suspect gets 3 more charges

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GREENFIELD — Three new counts of invasion of privacy have been filed against accused murderer Colby McKnelly, bringing the number of charges against him to 21.

McKnelly’s latest charges, three misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy, are related to his violation of no-contact orders put in place by the court after his arrest in the stabbing death of Steven Rogers Jr., 26, of Indianapolis, according to court records.

Charging documents do not indicate whom McKnelly contacted; he is ordered to have no contact with Jessi Parsons-Freeman, his on-again, off-again girlfriend who is expected to testify against him in the murder case, as well as several members of Rogers’ family.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Tami Napier said Wednesday that a supplemental probable cause affidavit detailing the newest allegations against McKnelly will be filed next week.

McKnelly has remained in the Hancock County Jail since Dec. 24, the day after police found Rogers’ body in McKnelly’s home in the first block of North Broadway Street in Greenfield.

McKnelly was arrested after also being treated for stab wounds believed to have been suffered in the altercation with Rogers.

McKnelly told police he stabbed Rogers in self-defense and that Rogers was arguing with him about one of McKnelly’s ex-girlfriends before the fight, court documents state.

Parsons-Freeman, whom McKnelly is accused of stabbing in the arm that same night, said McKnelly attacked Rogers and then ordered her to drive him away from the scene of the crime.

McKnelly is charged with murder, criminal confinement, strangulation, domestic battery and intimidation, among other charges.

Of the 21 counts currently filed against McKnelly, 10 of them are felonies.

This is the second time McKnelly’s alleged contact with parties in the criminal case has landed him in legal trouble.

In the weeks following his arrest, prosecutors tacked on obstruction of justice and invasion of privacy charges stemming from McKnelly’s recorded phone calls from jail.

According to court documents, McKnelly repeatedly contacted Parsons-Freeman through a third party, Amanda Cooper, and asked her to change her story, saying she could set him free with her words.

Cooper is charged with six counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly helping McKnelly make contact with Parsons-Freeman, though a lawyer has filed a motion to have the charges dropped.

It is unclear whether the latest charges against McKnelly are related to additional phone calls or through another means of communication, though McKnelly’s lawyer did recently ask the court to suspend his client’s phone privileges.

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