Prosecutor: Accused killer, girlfriend stole bag full of cash before killing veteran

Prosecutor: Accused killer, girlfriend stole bag full of cash before killing veteran
James Patrick Duffy, 25, is accused of shooting and killing veteran Lewis Morrison, 68, during an armed robbery Nov. 5 in Floyds Knobs. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
James Patrick Duffy, 25, is accused of shooting and killing veteran Lewis Morrison, 68, during an armed robbery Nov. 5 in Floyds Knobs. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Todd Duffy (Source: Clark County Sheriff's Office)
Todd Duffy (Source: Clark County Sheriff's Office)
Sondra Duffy (Source: Clark County Sheriff's Office)
Sondra Duffy (Source: Clark County Sheriff's Office)

FLOYDS KNOBS, IN (WAVE) - A second person is now charged with the murder of a local veteran.

Twenty-year-old Chelsea Wilson joins her boyfriend, 25-year-old Patrick Duffy, as the two suspects in the shooting death of Lewis Morrison in Floyds Knobs last weekend.

Wilson faced a Floyd County judge for the first time Thursday. Court documents shed some light on what led the pair to the victim's house on Saturday. They were told he had cash, and that's exactly what they went there to get, court documents said.

"We sure miss Louie a lot and they need to be held accountable," longtime friend Jay Nelson said.

Nelson said the quick arrests helps give some peace of mind, but it's still hard to comprehend his friend's death.

"He tried to help everybody," Nelson said. "It's unbelievable that someone would try to hurt somebody like that. They'll pay for this dearly."

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The court documents also said a woman who rented the basement of Morrison's home -- on Vale Hill Drive -- discovered him shot to death and the home ransacked.

She told investigators Duffy and Wilson were at the home the week prior visiting her and her boyfriend, and that's when Duffy found out Morrison kept a black duffel bag of cash.

"He would have just handed that bag over," Nelson said. "I just don't understand. That and the key to his house, his cars, that's just how Louie is. It's terrible."

Duffy was arrested and charged with murder and robbery after police found the bag of cash at his parents' house, where he was hiding out.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said Wilson was with Duffy the day of the murder, adding that she knew they were going to Morrison's house to rob him.

"In this particular case, we believe that a robbery was planned, a robbery occurred and that Ms. Wilson was part of that robbery," Henderson said.

That's why she is now facing a murder charge. The sheriff's office said Duffy also stole the victim's truck. It was discovered days later in Louisville.

"Mr. Duffy drove the pickup truck from the scene and dropped it at Dixie Highway in a medical office building and Ms. Wilson picked him up there knowing that vehicle was stolen from the scene and transported him back to Indiana," Sheriff Frank Loop said.

Morrison, an Air Force veteran, spent much of his time at the American Legion Post 42, a place that is now raising money to rename the bar after their dear friend.

"I'm sure he's looking down from heaven; he is going to proud of that," Nelson said.

Duffy and Wilson are being held at the Floyd County Jail without bond.

The sheriff said the crime was motivated by a drug habit.

If you are interested in helping the American Legion Post 42 with its memorial, donations can be dropped off at the Floyds Knobs location.

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