The Washington Times-Herald

Local News

August 21, 2013

Man accused in Indiana woman's death

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting an Indiana grandmother whose body was found in a southern Illinois cornfield disrupted his first court appearance on murder charges Monday, repeatedly asking a judge to “break it down for me, bud.”

Thomas Davidson, 25, was granted a public defender during his initial court appearance in White County on four counts of first-degree murder, as well as one count apiece of aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated vehicular hijacking, and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Davidson forced a brief postponement of Monday’s hearing after “he got very disruptive,” pressing a judge for details about the charges or their ramifications by telling the jurist to “break it down for me, bud,” White County Sheriff Doug Maier said afterward.

Davidson eventually was sent back to his jail cell and “calmed down” before being brought back to the courtroom to finish the appearance, Maier said.

No plea was entered on Davidson’s behalf, Maier said.

Davidson is accused of killing 58-year-old Sandra Burkhardt of Poseyville, Ind., shortly after she was last seen leaving a store Friday night in Indiana’s Gibson County.

White County Sheriff Doug Maier says investigators believe Davidson forced her into Illinois a short time later and shot her four times near Crossville, then crashed her car in Indiana about 50 miles from where Burkhardt’s body was found.

Indiana police arrested Davidson Saturday while investigating burglaries, and authorities in Mount Vernon, Ind., tell television station WFIE that Davidson was suspected in connection with a shooting that day in which a shot fired from a car grazed the nose of another woman.

Davidson later provided information that helped authorities locate Burkhardt’s body, Maier said.

The sheriff said Davidson and Burkhardt were “somewhat neighbors” in Indiana’s Gibson County, “but I don’t think he really knew her.” Both Davidson and the victim have relatives in White County, Maier added. He declined to discuss why Davidson is alleged to have brought the victim to the area or his possible motives for killing her. He said authorities believe Burkhardt did not go with Davidson on her own will.

A message left Monday with Davidson’s public defender, Jerry Crisel, was not immediately returned.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • NWS - WT082214 - Lents2 Lents honored at ISP awards ceremony INDIANAPOLIS — Two troopers from the Jasper District were honored recently at an awards ceremony at the Indiana Government Center. Sgt. Robert Gardner and Trooper Jarrod Lents were presented awards for their service to the state of Indiana. Trooper L

    August 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sports Briefs Loogootee defeats RivetThe Loogootee boys tennis team defeated Vincennes Rivet, 5-0, Tuesday night. Gabe Nolley and Landon Diamond won in straight sets at No. 1 and 2 singles and Landon Wittmer won in No. 3 singles in a forfeit. Ben Templin-Thomas Vi

    August 21, 2014

  • zoeller Legal challenges perform check and balance Recently some have questioned why the State of Indiana has brought lawsuits against our federal government. While this litigation is adversarial by nature, it is a necessary part of our constitutional process.What distinguishes the U.S. Constitution

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - WT082114 - Gambling2 - NBS Gaming revenues rush over the border as Illinois expands virtual slots INDIANAPOLIS – Beer and barbecue aren’t the only draws to Daddy-O’s Bar & Grill in the small town of Paris, Ill., 15 miles from the Indiana border. The prospect of winning pulls in customers, as well. Since the neighborhood bar installed five video g

    August 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • New trauma rating for nearby hosptial creates confusion in Daviess County The Indiana State Trauma Care Committee, the State of Indiana Director of Homeland Security and the Indiana EMS Commission has a recognized Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes as an "In process" Level III Trauma Center. That new designation combined

    August 20, 2014

  • Wednesday's Police Report CITY REPORT Wednesday 1:14 p.m. - John Johnson, 605 S.E. 11th St., reported his van had been vandalized. 10:45 a.m. - Power outages were reported near Oakwood trailer park after a semi trailer struck a pole and took out power lines. Tuesday 5:49 p.m.

    August 20, 2014

  • Lena Dunn gearing up for Fall Fiesta Lena Dunn Elementary is gearing up for its second annual Fall Fiesta, a family event that will serve as the chief fundraiser for the school. Last year, school staff, parents and PTO members organized the carnival-style event that will again feature f

    August 20, 2014

  • Loogootee reports high ISTEP scores LOOGOOTEE — Loogootee students scored above the state average in 15 of 19 areas during the spring ISTEP tests. So reported curriculum/technology coordinator Mike Tippery to the Loogootee School Board Tuesday night. In four areas, the students test sc

    August 20, 2014

  • Horoscope HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014This year you could alternate between nurturing and critical. If people start acting a little crazy around you, it might be in direct response to the mixed vibes you’re sending. Try to get some feedback. You

    August 20, 2014

  • Road project brings county and Amish community closer A big road project through eastern Daviess County is doing more than just widening a road. "The working relationship between the county and the Amish community these days is really good," said county Highway Superintendent Phil Cornelius. "In fact I'

    August 19, 2014