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Man who dumped stolen car in Marion guilty of murder

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Indiana man convicted of multiple charges left trail of crimes, evidence

ralphhardin@gmail.com On Tuesday, a Randolph County, Indiana Circuit Court jury found a man guilty of murder and three other charges.

Monty Joseph Cook, 62, was accused of killing David Brumley, a 61-yearold Winchester man, in the victim’s West South Street home in November 2018.

In addition to the murder count, which carries a maximum 65-year prison term, Cook was convicted of auto theft and two counts of theft. He will be sentenced by Judge Jay Toney on Sept. 6.

Court documents indicated Brumley was found “tied up with the use of zip ties, and black electrical tape,” with a pillow case and a trash bag over his head.

According to an autopsy, Brumley died due to “asphyxia to ligature neck compression and suffocation.”

Authorities said Cook, who had lived across the street from Brumley, used the slaying victim’s debit card following his death, and stole Brumley’s 2008 Ford Mustang GT.

It was that stolen Mustang that led to the Marion Police Department and the Arkansas State Police getting involved in the case.

That vehicle was found in the parking lot of the Hallmarc Inn along the I55 Service Road three weeks after the homicide.

Marion police initially processed the scene as an abandoned vehicle case and then handed the case over to the State Police.

Investigators eventually tied the car to Cook and the Indiana homicide.

Cook was ultimately arrested in April 2019 in Kingman, Arizona, about 100 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Although he did not testify at his murder trial, which began last week, State Trooper Aundre Mack and Paul Turney of the Marion Police Department traveled to Indiana to give testimony about the stolen car.

At the time of his arrest, Cook was already facing multiple unrelated charges, including burglary, theft, arson and fraud and had a prior criminal record dating back to 2005.

Randolph County Prosecutor David Daly and a deputy prosecutor, Matthew Daly, presented the state’s case. Sentencing is expected to take place next month, with Cook facing up to 65 years in prison as well as additional penalties related to his other criminal charges.

Monty Joseph Cook

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