Police offer no updates on murder


Police continue to investigate Thursday’s murder of a 19-year-old Seymour woman and released few additional details about the case Tuesday.

On Monday afternoon, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department arrested Brian Michael Cogdill, 44, of Seymour in connection with the death of Emma Jean Jamison.

A probable cause affidavit is expected to be filed today in Jackson Circuit Court, Prosecutor Jeff Chalfant said Tuesday. Affidavits are completed by investigators prior to an official case filing and provide a basis for charges along with other investigative material, including interviews with witnesses and others.

The alleged murder took place at a residence at 6556 N. County Road 760E near the East Fork White River south of the Indiana American Water Co. Police initially were called to that home to investigate a report of an overdose at 6:46 p.m. Thursday, according to police records.

Cogdill’s arrest came without incident at a home off of U.S. 31 in the 10000 block of East County Road 800N north of Seymour, police said.

County officers along with two Seymour officers surrounded the home where Cogdill was arrested shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, and police spoke with him over the phone to get him to come out of the home, according to scanner traffic. After he was arrested, Cogdill was taken to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown, where he is being held without bond pending his initial court hearing.

On Tuesday, Sheriff Mike Carothers declined to release more details of the investigation, but police had conducted five interviews as of Tuesday afternoon.

Carothers said more interviews are expected as police continue the investigation.

Jamison’s funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Myers Mortuary in Lebanon. Jamison is from Lebanon but was living in Seymour.

According to her obituary, Jamison was employed at Hardee’s in Seymour. Her mother, Shelley M. Jamison, and sister, Erin Marie Bradshaw, both live in Seymour. She also is survived by three brothers and was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Jamison Jr.

A forensic pathologist from Indianapolis conducted an autopsy at Woodlawn Family Funeral Centre in Seymour on Saturday morning, Jackson County Coroner Mike Bobb said.

He said the manner of death has not been determined, and he does not expect to receive autopsy or toxicology reports for a few weeks.

Autopsy and toxicology reports are conducted in every case where the death is not natural or questionable, Bobb said.

Murder is punishable by 45 to 65 years in prison upon conviction. The advisory sentence is 55 years.

The last person charged with murder here was Darrell Edward Stanton, 56, of Crothersville when he allegedly murdered Dustin L. Robbins in April 2017 at a home in the Dudleytown area. Stanton is scheduled stand trial Jan. 14.

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