Felony charges for woman, man accused of grisly Indiana murder

21-year-old allegedly tried to bribe state troopers with marijuana

By Lindsey Erdody Published:

The woman and man accused of brutally murdering an elderly man in Indiana face felony charges in Franklin County after being apprehended by Kentucky State Police in July.

A Franklin County grand jury indicted Lacy Bradley, 21, who allegedly tried to bribe troopers with marijuana before fighting with them, and James Griffith, 33, Wednesday.

Bradley was charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, three counts of receiving stolen firearms, four counts of third-degree assault, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of marijuana, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, improper display of registration plates, failure to produce insurance card, resisting arrest and having in a controlled substance in an improper container.

Griffith was charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, three counts of receiving stolen firearms and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Griffith and Bradley are also accused of murdering 81-year-old Duwayne Lindsey on July 21 in Indiana, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said.

On July 25, they stopped at a BP gas station on KY 151 where Griffith asked state troopers for directions, according to the KSP citation.

Police realized the plate on the motorcycle Griffith was driving was expired and after further investigation found more violations, according to the citation.

Troopers also discovered that the plates on the van Bradley was driving didn’t match up with the vehicle. Bradley allegedly refused to let police search the vehicle, so they called for backup from Frankfort Police’s K-9 unit, the citation says.

Bradley then attempted to bribe police with marijuana and became aggressive as police told her to step away from the van, Cleveland said.

“Next thing you know, Lacy Bradley is fighting with the police,” Cleveland said.

Upon searching the van, police found more than 100 prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, an antique coin collection, money and multiple weapons, including a handgun found in Bradley’s purse, according to the citation.

Police discovered that one of the weapons in the van was reported stolen by the Marion Police Department, which is investigating the murder of Lindsey. The gun and coin collection also belonged to Lindsey, Cleveland said.

On July 21, Griffith and Bradley allegedly entered Lindsey’s home claiming they wanted him to look at their coin collection.

After entering the house, Bradley allegedly struck Lindsey from behind with a hammer, but the blow did not kill him. They proceeded to beat him and cut his throat until he died, Cleveland said.

Eddie Herring, 39, of Indiana, was also in the van and was arrested by police on July 25. On Wednesday, the grand jury charged him with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, three counts of receiving stolen firearms and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

“He claimed not to know anything about anything,” Cleveland said.

Also indicted on Wednesday was Kevin Mitchell, 32, of Lexington, for false statement/misrepresenting himself to obtain benefits exceeding $100. Cleveland said Mitchell pretended to be his brother to receive Medicaid benefits totaling more than $3,900.

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