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Amanda N. Gonzales
Amanda N. Gonzales

GREENFIELD –— An Indianapolis woman was arrested and charged with murder Monday in connection with the slaying of Katrina Miller, whose body was found last week in a western Hancock County cornfield.

According to court records, Miller was shot to death in the field on CR 800W near CR 350N. The slaying might have taken place over a dispute involving drugs.

On Monday, Amanda N. Gonzales, 27, Indianapolis, was arrested by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and charged with one count of murder and one count of assisting a criminal. Two others have been jailed but not yet formally charged.

On Friday – the day after two passers-by found the body of Miller, 23, in the field – Hancock County Sheriff’s investigators interviewed two people at the east district headquarters of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Those witnesses said Gonzales told them she was at the murder scene with two other men when Miller was shot in the back of the neck.

According to the arresting documents, Gonzales told three people that she rode to western Hancock County with Miller and two men: Joe Meyers, 39; and Ronnie Westbrook, 26, both of Indianapolis.

One witness said that on July 22 or July 23, Gonzales told her “they walked into the cornfield, and Joe Meyers made Katrina Miller get down on her knees, and then Meyers shot her in the back of the neck,” the probable cause affidavit states.

Gonzales then said Meyers told her, “Lil Sis, nothing is going to happen to you,” the affidavit states.

According to witness statements, the shooting occurred after some drugs belonging to Westbrook went missing in his room at the Always Inn in the 7400 block of East 21st Street in Indianapolis, the affidavit states.

Gonzales, whose address was also listed as a room at the Always Inn, told the witnesses the missing drugs were found in Westbrook’s room after the shooting, the records state.

Investigators searched Meyer’s room at the Always Inn on Saturday and found a .22 caliber handgun; six Hornady .380 bullets; and two 9 mm bullets.

The Hornady bullets located inside the room registered to Meyers were the same brand and caliber as a shell casing found in the field where Miller’s body was found, the affidavit states.

Hancock County Sheriff’s detectives on Sunday recovered a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun from Meyers’ vehicle, according to the arresting documents.

Police located Gonzales at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at a hotel on the west side of Indianapolis. She was staying in a room with Westbrook that was registered under an alias.

Meyers was arrested and booked into the Hancock County Jail early Sunday, and Westbrook was arrested and booked into the jail early Monday; however, no other charges have been filed in the case.   

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