GREENFIELD — Two more people have been charged in the slaying of Katrina Miller, bringing the total number of suspects in the shooting death to three.
Miller, 23, of Indianapolis, was found dead last week in a cornfield in western Hancock County. On Wednesday, prosecutors charged Ronnie Westbrook, 26, and Joe Meyers, 39, both of Indianapolis, with murder and kidnapping. Amanda Gonzales, 27, of Indianapolis, was arrested Monday and charged with murder and assisting a criminal. That case has now been dismissed, and she is charged jointly with Westbrook and Meyers with murder and kidnapping.
Police believe the shooting was drug-related.
All three suspects appeared Wednesday afternoon in Hancock County Superior Court 1. Each pleaded not guilty and was assigned a court-appointed public defender. They remain held in the Hancock County Jail without bond.
Newly filed court documents suggest Miller was killed on July 20, four days before her body was found in a field on CR 800W near CR 350N by two cyclists riding their bikes in the area.
GPS mapping data places Westbrook in the area where police believe Miller was slain, court documents state.
Westbrook was out on parole at the time of the shooting for an unrelated crime that required him to wear a GPS-monitored ankle bracelet.
Data from the ankle bracelet places Westbrook near where Miller’s body was found on the morning of July 20, court documents state.
That coincides with statements Gonzales allegedly made to friends about what happened the night Miller died. Gonzales told a friend she was with Westbrook and Meyers the night they drove to the cornfield to kill Miller, and Westbrook asked to be dropped off a short distance away so he couldn’t be tracked, court documents state.
Gonzales told the friend Meyers had killed Miller, court documents state. According to Gonzales’ account, Meyers made Miller get down on her knees and then shot the woman in the back of the neck.
After Gonzales was charged, Westbrook, who was being held at the Hancock County Jail while the investigation continued, asked to speak to a detective.
He said he’d heard he was a suspect in the murder and told the detective he didn’t kill anyone, court documents state.
Gonzales is believed to have spoken to at least three people about what happened the night Miller died, and their reports about her statements comprise the majority of what police have alleged.
Gonzales told friends that Westbrook became angry after heroin and other drugs went missing from the Indianapolis hotel room where he lived, and he threatened to kill both Gonzales and Miller if the drugs weren’t found, police said.
Court documents suggest Gonzales had at least some knowledge of what was going to happen to Miller the night she died; court documents state Gonzales said Meyers instructed Gonzales to “play her role” and he wouldn’t let anything happen to her.
The missing drugs turned up in Westbrook’s hotel room after Miller was killed, court documents state.