Williamsburg man charged with murder in aunt's death

WHITLEY COUNTY — A Williamsburg man accused of beating his aunt to death last month was indicted Monday by a Whitley County grand jury.

Michael Worley, 41, was named in a one-count indictment for charges that allegedly occurred June 21.

The one and only count of the indictment charges Worley with murder.

On the date listed in the indictment, officers with the Williamsburg Police Department were dispatched to investigate a reported domestic dispute at a Betty West Road residence. Upon arrival at the scene, police located a female covered in blood laying in the yard outside the home. Another individual, identified as Worley, was also found, though he allegedly attempted to flee after noticing police.

Worley was quickly caught and apprehended.

The Whitley County Coroner’s office pronounced the woman, identified as Wanda Richardson, 58, dead at the scene.

An initial investigation into Richardson’s death determined that she had been beaten, though her body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. According to Worley’s indictment, he allegedly beat and stabbed Richardson to death.

Family members of Richardson told police that Worley, who is Richardson’s nephew, did not live at the residence, but that he would visit occasionally. Police had been called to the residence the night before also to investigate a report of a someone prowling around outside the house.

Worley currently remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

An indictment is a formal charge by a grand jury; it is not a conviction or an admission of guilt.

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