Indianapolis man found guilty of stabbing woman to death, putting body in wooden chest

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INDIANAPOLIS — A 61-year-old Indianapolis man has been found guilty of stabbing a 24-year-old woman to death last March and stuffing her body inside a wooden chest.

A jury came back with the guilty verdict this week for James Wade Jr. after a three-day trial. Authorities say Jazmine Trammell was stabbed more than 80 times, and that DNA testing confirmed her blood was found splattered throughout Wade's apartment in Lawrence.

Other evidence found, according to court documents, includes two broken kitchen knives, two bottles of bleach, a mop and bucket, and a scrub brush, according to The Indianapolis Star ( ).

Court documents say apartment staff found Trammell's body inside a chest next to trash bin at the apartment complex, and that they learned about the chest's presence from a handwritten note.

Trammell's mother, Malia Black, told WTHR-TV ( ) that she was loved by a lot of people.

"This was my child, a human being," Black said. "She had a mother, she had sisters, she had a father, she had grandparents, and aunties and cousins and friends."

Members of Trammell's family were at the trial.

"I just hate that Jazmine's not here to see her little sister graduate and go on to college," Black said.

Wade is scheduled to be sentenced May 1, according to court records.

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