Murder charges filed in deaths of Hartford City man, daughter


Charles Whittington

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HARTFORD CITY, Ind. (February 9, 2015) — A 59-year-old Portland man faces preliminary charges of murder in the deaths of a 40-year-old Hartford City man and his 14-year-old daughter.

Charles Whittington has been charged in the deaths of Shane Williamson and his daughter, Katelin, at the Hartford City apartment building where they lived. Whittington was being held Sunday at the Blackford County Jail. He faces two counts of murder.

Photo from Blackford County Sheriff's Office
Photo from Blackford County Sheriff’s Office

Authorities say they found Williamson dead Thursday in a parking lot. The girl, a freshman at Blackford High School, was found in their apartment.

The Blackford County Sheriff’s Office said the case remains an ongoing investigation.

Investigators released a photo of a white GMC extended cab truck that Whittington was driving. Anyone who saw the truck in Blackford or Jay counties at the time of the shootings is urged to contact the Blackford County Sheriff’s Office at (765) 348-0930.


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