News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 18, 2013

Four arrests made in Houston

Apprehensions follow 2 arrests made last week

Lisa Trigg
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Five people have been arrested in connection with a homicide that occurred in Terre Haute on Nov. 8.

Cody D. Thompson, 29, was arrested Saturday on a charge of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, a class-C felony.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Terre Haute Police investigators state that Thompson was at a home in the 2200 block of First Avenue when 32-year-old Ronald Arrowsmith died from a gunshot wound to the head. Thompson admitted to police that he possessed a handgun on Nov. 8.

Arrested in Houston, Texas, on Nov. 13 were 33-year-old Damien Tyler, 31-year-old Marteail D. Brewer, 37-year-old Allison R. Wheeler and 25-year-old Desirae Weaver.

Tyler was arrested in Texas on a July 22 petition filed in Vigo Superior Court 5 to revoke his placement in the Vigo County Community Corrections program. The petition alleges that Tyler was sentenced to serve three years in the Indiana Department of Correction but failed to sign up for his placement on in-home detention. A hearing on that petition is set for Dec. 17.

Brewer, Wheeler and Weaver were all arrested on warrants for a charge of assisting a criminal, a class-C felony. The information filed in court alleges that they assisted in harboring, concealing or assisting Tyler with intent to hinder Tyler’s apprehension or punishment. Tyler was being sought in connection with the Arrowsmith homicide investigation.

Tyler, Brewer, Wheeler and Weaver were located by U.S. Marshal deputies at a hotel in Houston. They were arrested on Vigo County warrants and were returned to Indiana and booked into the Vigo County Jail on Saturday, where they remained Monday on bond set at $50,000 each.

Thompson, Brewer and Wheeler appeared via video in Vigo Superior Court 1 on Monday morning. Weaver appeared via video in Vigo Superior Court 6 on Monday afternoon. Tyler appeared via video in Vigo Superior Court 5 on Monday morning.

Terre Haute Police had no comments Monday on the arrests, but indicated that more information might be released today.

Information on the events surrounding the homicide have been presented in court records.

Probable cause affidavits filed Nov. 12 in the arrests of Amber M. Reynolds, 33, and her mother-in-law, Rhonda S. Reynolds, 53, indicate that they were at their residence when Arrowsmith died. Both women were arrested for obstruction of justice and altering the scene of a death for allegedly cleaning up blood and the area around Arrowsmith’s body. They also allegedly wrapped the body in a blanket and a tarp and then tied it up with twine as what police see as a step toward removing the body from the basement of the home. They were charged with class-D felonies and appeared in Division 1 court last week.

Police were notified of Arrowsmith’s death by his girlfriend on the evening of Nov. 8. She told police that after not seeing him since 4:30 a.m. that day, she went looking for him at the Reynoldses’ residence. She said she was told that Arrowsmith was dead and lying in the basement.

According to the court document, the girlfriend told police that she was at the residence she shared with Arrowsmith when he left with Amber Reynolds, Tyler and another man to go to the Reynoldses’ residence. She said, according to the document, that they intended to lure Thompson there because he owed a drug debt. The girlfriend said that Tyler and the other man returned to her house about two hours later, and they left with Wheeler in her car.

In her interview with police, Amber Reynolds said that when Thompson arrived at her home and entered the basement, gunshots were fired. Investigators found seven bullet holes in a wall of the basement. She told police that she was struck on the head by something and that she did not remember anything before waking up to find Arrowsmith dead and everyone else gone.

During their court hearings on Monday, Wheeler, Brewer and Weaver were assigned public defenders. An April 21 trial date was set for Weaver. A trial date of May 12 was set for both Wheeler and Brewer. Amber Reynolds and Rhonda Reynolds have both been assigned April 17 trial dates. Thompson is scheduled to return to court Wednesday morning.

Reporter Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or lisa.trigg@tribstar.com.