A piece of discarded food at the crime scene connected Timothy D. Bailey, 43, 1310 S. 12th St., Terre Haute, to assisting in the murder of Tanette "Toni" Dickison and led to his being charged with a class C felony; Assisting a Criminal, police said Tuesday.
The probable cause affidavit in the case, which was released yesterday by the Clay County Superior Court, revealed that an unidentified piece of food inside a Taco Bell wrapper was found within 15 feet of the location of Dickison's body found in a private pond on the south side of CR 600 N on Nov. 30, 2004.
The partially eaten item contained a large enough DNA sample inside the bite marks to be sent for analysis at the Indiana State Police Laboratory. On June 15, 2005, certification of the DNA profile matching that of Bailey with a reasonable amount of scientific certainty was sent to law enforcement personnel.
During the investigation, it was discovered that Bailey was a known associate of Kevin L. Hampton for many years, and that the two had been involved in criminal activity in the past.
Hampton was charged with murdering three women living in Terre Haute, 18-year old former Brazil resident Dickison, Cassie Harris, 48, and Dianna Lehman, 18, yesterday in Vigo County Superior Court Division 3.
Officials believe that Bailey helped Hampton dispose of Dickison's body on Nov. 30, 2004, and was involved in "cleaning up" Hampton's residence at 1734 N 25th St., Terre Haute, in late April or early May of 2005.
Bailey's trial will be scheduled in Clay County Superior Court later this year, but the investigation into this part of the Dickison murder will continue by law enforcement officers of Clay and Vigo counties. Officials are urging members of the public with any information concerning the Dickison, Harris and Lehman murders which has not already been disclosed to contact law enforcement.