Arrest made in connection with woman’s murder on near east side

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UPDATE: Karl Woodall has been found guilty of murdering Stefanie Coulson. Sentencing is set for April 10 at 1:30 p.m.



Update (March 31, 2017)–  Police arrested Karl Woodall, 35, in connection with this incident.

On Thursday, detectives with the violent crimes unit arrested Woodall just before 10 p.m. in connection with the murder of 37-year-old Stephanie Coulson.

He was transported to IMPD Headquarters where homicide detectives questioned and arrested Woodall for the murder of Coulson.

Detectives believe an argument over a van led to the deadly shooting of the Coulson.

Original story: 

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis woman was killed inside her home on the city’s near east side Monday.

Police received a call about a person down at a home in the 3700 block of East Pleasant Run Parkway North around 12 p.m.

The murder marks the first criminal homicide in the city in three weeks.

A friend and neighbor says she found the victim covered in blood and called police.

“There was blood all down her face and neck and all over her bed,” said the neighbor.  “She didn’t deserve nothing like that.”

That neighbor asked not to be identified, but is still distraught that Stefanie Coulson was killed inside her own home.

“It’s a heavy weight to carry for sure,” said Justin Wilfong.

Wilfong has known Coulson for years. Police won’t say what led up to the murder, but while Coulson did have a history of drug problems, friends hope she’s remembered in a positive light.

“She was a good person. She had a good heart and was a kind person,” said Wilfong.

In early March, a 54-year-old man was shot and killed on Riley, but prior to the death this week, the city had gone three weeks without a murder.

“I don’t think you can read too much into a brief period of peace in our city but I hope it continues,” said Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett.

The relatively peaceful month of March means there have been eight fewer homicides this year compared to the same time last year. Mayor Hogsett says both he and police chief Bryan Roach will continue to make community engagement a top priority.

“We’re gonna continue to go into neighborhoods to convey that we’re listening,” said Hogsett.

As for Coulson’s friends, they just hope her killer is quickly caught.

“Whoever is involved, we want them brought to justice. We want justice served for sure,” said Wilfong.

Police say they have a good leads on a possible suspect in this week’s murder, but so far no arrests have been made.

Friends and family say they are planning to hold a candle light vigil outside the victim’s home Thursday night.

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