The Matt Luecking murder case is moving from investigation to prosecution. That started today when three of the four suspects appeared in Vigo County Court to hear their charges.
It’s been a long week for family and friends of D.J. Matt Luecking, by the same token it’s been a quick turn around to pin down his suspects.
“If there was one moment where I did take a breath, I think we all did at the station, was when we knew everyone was in custody,” D.J. Jules said.
Kathleen Featherstone and her boyfriend John Collins face 3 counts of murder up to 65 years in prison for each count. They also face burglary and robbery charges which could mean additional prison time if convicted.
The possible punishment for Benjamin Selig is much less. He faces assisting a criminal charge and was released on his own recognizance after his hearing. Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt says Selig was not involved with any violence.
Hi-99 radio D.J. Jules, a long-time friend of Luecking’s says she respects the court’s call.
“I saw a young man, of the three that were sitting there, he looked to be the only one that cared. The other two sat with their arms crossed, you know, like they were being put out.”
Jules says carrying anger isn’t a part of who she is and even in the midst of her heart break, having suspect John Collins mother approach her after the hearing is a right step in the healing process.
“Visibly she was crying, she was very upset, just that she was very sorry, very sorry, as a mother, I so appreciated her saying that.”
Jules says seeing the three today was appropriate, but it’s Donald Featherstone she wants to see in Vigo County Court.
“He’s the one who stalked our friend and planned this, in great detail apparently, had been watching our friend for a year. I want to see him, he’s the one who put these pieces together.”
Donald Featherstone is still being held in Kane County Illinois. Vigo County Prosecutors will obtain warrants to bring him to Vigo County. That process could take up to four weeks.
Kathleen Featherstone and John Collins have no bond set. They were not brought to the courtroom today, they appeared through video conference. They will appear in court again the second and third week of November along with Benjamin Selig.