Man accused of stuffing New Castle woman’s body in suitcase wants corpse abuse charge dropped
NEW CASTLE, Ind. (August 31, 2015) – A New Castle man is accused of murdering a woman, stuffing her body in a suitcase.
Anthony Dailey, 37, faces charges of felony murder and corpse abuse in connection to the death of 22-year-old Kirsten Sidwell this year.
But now his lawyers are trying to get the corpse abuse charged dismissed.
In the state of Indiana, corpse abuse is a Level 6 felony carrying a maximum 30-month sentence.
According to the Muncie Star Press, one of Dailey’s two public defenders, Sean Row, filed a motion seeking dismissal of that charge.
Row contends that under state law that charge implies Dailey mutilated the victim’s remains. But Row says there’s no evidence to suggest that.
A fisherman discovered Sidwell’s body on April 2 in the area of Providence Pond in northern Henry County.
The Henry County coroner ruled Sidwell died of asphyxiation by strangulation.
According to the Muncie Star Press, Dailey’s trial is set for February 1 in Henry Circuit Court 2. A murder conviction would carry a maximum 65-year sentence.