Mitchell couple faces charges after police find burned body in yard

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UPDATE (Dec. 7, 2018)– Jasmine Pickett pleaded guilty to abuse of a corpse and failure to report a dead body. Charges of obstruction of justice and false informing were dismissed. Pickett was sentenced to 2 years, with five days of jail credit and 355 days

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MITCHELL, Ind. (Feb. 4, 2016)– A southern Indiana couple was taken into custody after a body was found burned in their yard.

Lincoln Pickett, 34, faces charges of murder, abuse of a corpse and failure to report a dead body. Jasmine Pickett, 30, face charges of obstruction of justice, abuse of a corpse and failure to report a dead body.

According to police, officers found bones in a fire behind the Pickett house last week.

A missing poster for Kamie Ratcliff

A missing poster for Kamie Ratcliff

Investigators believe the remains belong to Kamie Ratcliff, who had been reported missing a couple of days before.

Court documents reveal Lincoln told police that he and Jasmine were in the car with Ratcliff on Jan. 21 when she shot and killed herself. He said a week later, he put the woman’s body in the fire.

A relative later came forward, and said Lincoln admitted to shooting a woman in the face. This led prosecutors to add the murder charge Thursday.

Police are still waiting for positive identification on the remains.

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