-Parke County Prosecutor files paperwork seeking death penalty
Parke County Sheriff Charles Bollinger believes the motive behind the murder of a mother and her daughters was to keep the three from talking about crimes against the girls, to "hush" them, he said.
Bollinger told The Times this morning that the motive can been seen in the Intent to Seek Death Penalty filed by Parke County Prosecutor Steven Cvengros on Thursday.
The suspect, Chad A. Cottrell, has been charged in the murder of his wife, Trisha Cottrell, and her two children, Brittany Williams, 12, and Victoria Williams, 10, in their rural Rockville home the last weekend of October.
In the Intent to Seek Death Penalty notice, it is stated that "Chad A. Cottrell committed the Murder of Brittany Williams while committing or attempting to commit Child Molesting which constitutes an aggravating circumstance justifying imposition of the Death Penalty." The same entry was included for the charge of Victoria Williams' murder.
Parke County Sheriff Charles Bollinger said that the investigation has lead to the determination that child molestation had occurred.
In a separate interview, Bollinger also said that he is a supporter of the death penalty regarding the circumstances surrounding a case like this.
Autopsy results, details of the crime scene and the investigation have not been released.