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Reelsville man pleads not guilty to killing wife

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Jeremy Bledsoe
GREENCASTLE -- As members of Kathryne Bledsoe's family sobbed audibly, a not guilty plea was entered Thursday in Putnam County Circuit Court on behalf of the man accused of her murder.

Jeremy Bledsoe, 31, Reelsville, stands accused of shooting Kathryne -- his wife of 10 years -- to death Wednesday morning in the couple's home. At his initial hearing Thursday morning, Judge Matthew Headley, at the request of Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter, ordered Bledsoe held without bond.

Kathryne's aunt, Krista Downs, said Kathryne, 31, had just told her husband she wanted a divorce the day before she was murdered.

"She was trying to get things together to move," Downs said.

Downs said incidents of violence had happened throughout the Bledsoe's decade-long marriage, but that she never thought things would escalate to possible murder.

"Sometimes in the back of my mind I'd think maybe it could happen, but Kathy kept assuring us everything was OK," she said, breaking down into tears. "This just doesn't seem real. I can't believe she's gone."

Downs said Bledsoe was obsessive about keeping tabs on Kathryne, with whom he eloped with in Las Vegas after a short courtship, and would call and text message her constantly. He would also sit in his car outside her place of employment while Kathryne worked and insisted on knowing her work schedule at all times, Downs said.

Kathryne's oldest sister, Jennifer Whitlow, said Bledsoe threatened her recently.

"He told me that if I planned to take his kids I would regret it," she said.

The Bledsoes had lived in Reelsville for two years. They moved to Putnam County from Brownsburg. Kathryne, who was one of five siblings, was a cosmetologist, and worked for Great Clips in Greencastle.

Bledsoe asked for a public defender, and Headley assigned Todd Sallee to the case. Headley told Bledsoe that murder was "its own class of felony," and that if convicted, Bledsoe could face 45-65 years in prison (the advisory sentence is 55 years). He explained to Bledsoe his rights and asked him if he understood.

"Yes," Bledsoe said, never raising his eyes.

Headley set a pretrial conference for Bledsoe for March 4.

Bledsoe allegedly left the scene of the murder shortly after Kathryne was shot.

He remained at large for more than 12 hours until he was apprehended in the Cataract area at about 11:35 p.m., Wednesday.

Bledsoe was arrested without incident by Putnam County Sheriff's Department deputies and Indiana State Police Troopers.

A release from the Putnamville Post of the Indiana State Police said Dep. Mike Downing spotted the van Bledsoe was driving on State Road 42 near Burma Road in Putnam County just after 11 p.m.

Two of the Bledsoe's children -- a 3-year-old boy and a 20-month-old girl -- were in the house when Kathryne was shot.

Also present was Jeremy's grandmother, Ava Bledsoe, who lived with Kathryne and Jeremy and reported the shooting to authorities.

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Wow - very tragic.

-- Posted by sjl92 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 2:19 PM

You should see the comments on Banner Graphic in Greencastle. Brazil's and Greencastle's papers are run by the same company.

Same set up..passwords, etc.

Comments are long, long, long.

-- Posted by G-boy2008 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 2:46 PM

Courage to the grieving.

-- Posted by MarciaMSPT on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 2:57 PM

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