SCOTT COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - A man charged in the 2015 murder of an Austin, Ind. coin dealer has accepted a plea deal.
Thursday, 22-year-old James Matthew Caudill of Austin pled guilty to the robbery and homicide of 78-year-old John Turner in his coin shop in downtown Austin in November of 2015.
On Nov. 7 2015 Turner was found by his wife inside John's Coin and Jewelry Shop on Main Street in Austin. He had been fatally shot in the head.
During a police investigation it was determined that Caudill had traveled to Turner's shop with his girlfriend, 23-year-old Ginger Cox, on three separate occasions that day. On the third time Caudill entered the shop, while Cox waited in their van, shot Turner and took cash, jewelry, coins and collectibles from the store.
The couple was arrested two days later at Caudill's residence.
Caudill's trial was slated to begin Aug. 2, but Wednesday his attorney notified the prosecutors that Caudill would take a plea deal.
Thursday, Caudill admitted in Scott County Circuit Court that he entered Turner's shop with a loaded handgun intent on robbing the store and shooting Turner if necessary. He pleaded guilty to Level 5 felony, murder and a firearms sentencing enhancement.
Caudill will face a potential sentence of 50 to 85 years when he is sentenced Aug. 11.
On June 20, Cox pled guilty to aiding in a robbery causing serious bodily injury with a firearms enhancement. She will receive a 35-year sentence.