TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– More information has come out on the investigation of a murder that led to an arrest Wednesday night in Terre Haute.
Richard Sandlin was arrested and charged with murder in connection to the death of Donald Riley, who was shot and killed at a home in the 1100 block of 8th Avenue.
According to court documents, eyewitnesses present at the house heard a motorcycle approach on Saturday night. Riley and the man had a conversation in the back of the home before a single shot was fired. Riley was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital.
Witnesses questioned picked Sandlin out of a photo lineup, allowing the Terre Haute Police Department to identify him as a person of interest on Sunday morning.
A search that went on for several days ensued, which included the special response team searching a home on Lafayette Avenue on Monday night in connection to the investigation, but nothing was found.
Wednesday night, THPD worked alongside Indiana State Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Office, arresting Sandlin in Northern Vigo County, near Gallagher Road and Rio Grande Avenue. He was taken to the Vigo County Jail.
Sandlin appeared for his initial court appearance Thursday via Zoom. The judge said he would be held without bail and appointed a public defender for Sandlin. His next court appearance where they will set further dates is on Monday, September 12th.
We will monitor the case as it continues to progress.