Terre Haute murder trial rescheduled amid coronavirus concerns

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A Terre Haute murder trial originally scheduled for April has been postponed until June amid coronavirus concerns.

Nathan Epple of Terre Haute was arrested in October in connection to the murder of Jeffrey Cottrell.

Before he died, Cottrell told police he had caught an unknown male in his bedroom. The man, later identified as Epple, allegedly struck Cottrell over the head with an aluminum baseball bat before fleeing the scene with Cottrell’s cellphone, baseball bat, five knives and other items.

Cottrell was transported to Union Hospital where he died two days later as a result of injuries sustained during the robbery.

Epple is being held at the Vigo County Jail without bond.

He was scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a final pre-trial hearing ahead of his jury trial. The hearing has been rescheduled for May 14. The jury trial will begin June 23.

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