Lafayette police arrest second man in connection with double homicide
Update (September 29, 2016) — Oertel pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to serve 55 years.
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (August 12, 2015) – Police arrested a second man in connection with a Lafayette double homicide on August 4.
Matthew Alan Oertel, 33, of Lafayette, has been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder (murder during the commission of another felony), robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery.
According to court documents, police responded to a call about shots fired on August 4 around 3:50 a.m. in the 2200 block of Perrine Street. They found two people shot in the front yard at the scene. Police identified the victims as Aaron Tyrone Hunter, Jr., 36, of Lafayette, and Terry L. Smith, Jr., 46, of Lafayette.
They both died at a local hospital from their wounds.
At 7 a.m. that same day police found a car stopped at an intersection with a man slumped over the wheel.
The driver appeared to be intoxicated, and he was wearing a white bandana, gloves and had an empty holster in his pocket.
The manufacturer’s name and model on the holster matched a handgun found near the shooting scene on Perrine Street.
Police arrested the man identified as Jacob Guffey, 19, of Delphi, on several charges, including two counts of murder, a count of robbery and a count of conspiracy to commit robbery.
Guffey told police he was with Oertel the morning of August 4, and they both shot Hunter and Smith.
On August 6, police went to Oertel’s residence to serve an arrest warrant for failure to appear in court. Oertel attempted to flee the house, and police arrested him.
Oertel is currently incarcerated in the Tippecanoe County Jail on charges connected to the shooting incident and on an unrelated warrant through the West Lafayette Police Department.
This case is still being investigated. Anybody with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Lafayette Police Department or the We-Tip Hotline.