Crothersville Murder DNA

In the unusual murder case of a ten-year-old Crothersville, Indiana girl, prosecutors say DNA evidence makes a strong case against one man despite a confession by another.

Charles Hickman confessed to killing "Katie" Collman but police found DNA evidence that linked the crime to 38-year-old Anthony Stockelman.

Prosecutors expect Stockelman to use 21-year-old Hickman’s confession to try to weaken the case against him and are baffled as to why Hickman confessed to the murder.

They say the DNA evidence could eliminate confusion caused by his statements.

Stockelman was arrested after investigators learned a cigarette butt found at the murder scene was an uncommon brand called Roger 100.

A state police investigator asked the few area retailers who sell that brand to call him if a customer bought some.

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