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Chad Cottrell pleads guilty to murdering wife, stepdaughters

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Chad Cottrell
NOBLESVILLE -- A former Parke County resident recently pleaded guilty to three charges of murder.

Chad Cottrell, Rockville, appeared in court March 6 in Noblesville to enter a guilty plea of killing his wife and two stepdaughters.

A trial is tentatively scheduled for March 23 and Cottrell faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted.

During court proceedings, Judge William J. Hughes ordered separate psychiatric evaluations of Cottrell in order to determine if he was competent to plead guilty.

Cottrell is scheduled to return to court this Friday where he will learn if the judge will accept his plea.

Cottrell is charged with the 2005 murders of 29-year-old Trisha R. Cottrell, and her daughters, 12-year-old Brittany R. Williams and 10-year-old Victoria L. Williams.

The three were found dead in their rural Rockville home in October 2005.

Family members discovered the bodies of the victims, which resulted in a search for Cottrell.

He was later detained in Minnesota after a 28-hour search and was extradited back to Indiana.

Several area school corporations, including Clay Community Schools, were under lockdown following the incident, as officials believed other family members were in danger.

The lockdowns, however, were lifted following Cottrell's arrest.

The trial was moved to Hamilton County due to publicity surrounding the killings.

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It's long overdue. I knew Trish. She was a friend of mine when I was in high school. I knew the girl's father in high school, too. I can't imagine what he has gone through, but I know that no matter what Cottrell gets, it won't be enough. My heart goes out to Ryan.

-- Posted by djbrandy200 on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 6:38 AM

I agree, I met Trish later in life, and didn't know her very well, but always liked her. He always gave me the creeps! This is one case where its too bad we can't line up and everyone that he has caused pain take a shot at him!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by goldylocks on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 12:58 PM

In my opinion, he's the lowest form of scum on earth. He shouldn't be allowed to live. He isn't doing anything except sucking up good air that we could be breathing!

-- Posted by th1953 on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 4:55 PM

What "Christian" comments. Is this what people mean when they say this is a good Christian community or someone is a good Christian?

If a person is a threat to society and has done something wrong, lock him up; but I can't get my head around imagining God saying it's ok for one group of people to kill a person because another person has killed.

I feel terribly bad about the deaths of the ones this man has killed but do not feel it is a valid excuse for another killing. Your comments are filled with hate and will do nothing to heal those who have been hurt by their loss.

Hate mongering is not Christian nor is it practicing of any other religion I know of. Your wishes for his death is something only God has the right to decide in my opinion;even if some in our government have rationalized it otherwise. THERE is your true separation of church and state. You can post the Ten Commandments at the courthouse until the cows come home but until you take ungodly acts out of government, God will never truly be a part of it no matter what the rhetoric.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 5:18 PM

i'm glad this fellow doesn't live in putnam county, they would set him free...........

-- Posted by yourdaddy on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 8:54 PM

When I said it was long overdue, Ms. Moore, I meant that he would finally be sentenced. I never said anything about killing him and I also never said I was a Christian. Christians sit on too high of a self-righteous moral throne for my tastes, but whatever gets you through life is fine with me. All I meant by my comments is that it was about time Ryan Williams, the girl's father and Rick Zaikovsky, Trisha's father, who, btw, I'm sorry I didn't mention earlier, got some closure. Unless you have had someone that close to you brutally taken from you, I don't think you have the right to tell anyone how they should react. Good Christians don't throw stones, remember.

-- Posted by djbrandy200 on Thu, Mar 12, 2009, at 6:10 AM

I believe the death penalty is too good for him.

Death would be an escape from what he has done.

But that also cost the people of this country a lot of money. I do hate him. I hate what he has done.

If they don't give him death, I hope they put him in the worst prison there is. So far he has been in a cell by himself.

-- Posted by goldylocks on Tue, Mar 17, 2009, at 7:47 AM

I do not have a religion, so he deserves whatever he gets! I also think death would be too easy let him go to prison and put him in with the other imates who are fathers. He should get what he done to them poor girls.

-- Posted by lilmomma on Wed, Mar 18, 2009, at 4:31 PM

Make no mistake about it. Regardless of your religious beliefs there is no place on earth for this guy but HELL. If we are luckey they will put this guy down quick, and save the tax payers a great deal of money. He is a predator and always will be, incarcerated or not. He should pay for his crimes with his life no exceptions. Last time i checked God did not say prison was a exceptable form of punishment I believe he said Eye for an Eye and Tooth for Tooth. In closing I would have to say without the death penalty, someday this guy could be settin in your living room waiting for you to get home, then you will be able to tell god in person how you dislike the death penalty

-- Posted by SimpleIsBetter on Wed, Mar 18, 2009, at 6:16 PM

I knew all of these people. My family is very well acquainted with both sides. My father and chad had been best friends since they were children, rick (trish's father) is the step father of my fathers other best friend, I was in daycare with the girls, etc...Chad deserves the worst treatment possible. Death is an easy out for this man. After the incident but before it was discovered this man came to my/my parents house and ate dinner as if he hadn't a worry in the world. After he left that nigh he called my father and left a message on his voicemail telling him what had happened in full detail. My fathers calls to family members/police helped to uncover the crimes that had been committed. This man is a monster and should be branded (literally) as a child molester/ murderer and released into gen pop in the worst prison in the United States. Everything he inflicted upon those girls should be inflicted upon his own self x10 before he is as savagely ripped from existence as they were. My heart goes out to their family and most of all the youngest child Rj who was the only survivor of this massacre and who will forever live without his mother and older sisters do the actions of this lunatic. And to chad, if hell does exist we will have our last words there. And if I pass before you I will haunt you until I'm no longer able to. Until then I hope you live as long as possible knowing that your children hate the very thought you and that you are totally alone in every aspect of your miserable and worthless life.

-- Posted by ShaneKeith on Sat, Jun 28, 2014, at 1:31 AM

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