Trial date set for local man accused in 41-year-old murder case

A jury trial has been set for a Seymour man charged with murder in a 41-year-old case linked to the death of a man from Elizabethtown.

Ronald Jack Anderson, 61, also known by the nickname of Space Monkey at the time, was booked into the Jackson County Jail at Brownstown at 11:03 a.m. Tuesday and is facing a murder charge in connection with the death of his brother-in-law, Clifford A. Smith, 24.

Anderson is being held on a no bond status, and his jury trial date is currently set for 8:30 a.m. April 16, 2024, at the Jackson County Judicial Center in Brownstown.

Anderson’s arrest comes exactly 41 years after Smith was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on Dec. 1, 1982, in the backwaters of the East Fork White River near Rockford, according to a recent news release from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.

Wheeles, the public information officer for the Indiana State Police Versailles District, said state police investigated Smith’s death in 1982, but no arrests were made at the time. Over the years, the case has been passed to new investigators to examine, Wheeles said.

Sgt. Kip Main has been actively investigating the case since September 2015.