Trial date set in murder case

A trial date has been set for a Jennings County man charged with murder.

The jury trial for Alan Joseph Marantos, 34, of North Vernon is currently scheduled for Feb. 1, 2021.

Marantos is facing felony charges of murder, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, aggravated battery, obstruction of justice, abuse of a corpse and possession of methamphetamine. He also faces misdemeanor charges of intimidation, resisting law enforcement and leaving the scene of an accident.

At the time of his arrest on those charges in late May, Marantos was locked up in the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on felony charges of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury stemming from a separate incident in late March. That incident involved a Seymour man being beaten and robbed here.

The Jennings County charges stemmed from the murder of Brian K. Kirby, 52, of North Vernon.

According to a news release from the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, police began investigating the disappearance of Kirby after he was last seen alive at an address on Primshire Court near North Vernon.

During the investigation, police were able to determine Marantos attacked Kirby and then loaded Kirby’s body in a vehicle and left the property, police said.

Marantos took Kirby’s body to another location, where it was burned. Then he discarded the remains at multiple locations around Jennings County.

Police said investigators collected evidence, including human remains, at numerous locations during their investigation.

The Indiana State Police Laboratory later determined DNA from some of the recovered human remains matched the DNA of Kirby.