found her on the floor of their bedroom.
Campbell, 31, the father of Thomas’ three children, was formally charged
with murder late Wednesday and a warrant issued for his arrest.
According to the
probable cause affidavit filed by Portage PD Det. Dennis Meyers, Thomas’
fiance typically arrived home from work around 7:25 a.m.
and in fact that’s when he made the 911 call on the morning of Nov. 18,
A combination of
factors apparently led investigators to turn their attention to Campbell.
Among other things, Campbell was paying Thomas $1,500 per month in child
support, the two of them “argued about the child support amount and how the
money was spent,” Campbell’s own account balance at his credit union was
$7.58 on Oct. 3, his personal vehicle had recently been repossessed with
Hammond PD property inside, and “numerous voice mails from creditors” were
found on his phone, Meyers stated in his affidavit.
Also: on the night
before Thomas was shot, Campbell had their three children at his home in
Hobart for a sleepover, which Thomas’ fiance indicated
“was very unusual” as it was a school night and Campbell “would have to get
up early to drive the children back to Portage to school,” Meyer stated.
Campbell did in
fact drive their three children to school, one of whom told investigators
that “on the way to school that morning his father stopped the vehicle at a
park and removed a bag that he took to an unknown location in the park,”
Meyer stated. “When he returned, he was not carrying the bag. Portage Police
searched the park but did not find the bag.”
denied any stop at a park but, based on information provided by his son, the
park in question was Columbus Park in Lake Station, Meyers stated, and a
homeowner who lives near the park reported seeing a truck “strongly
resembling the truck driven by Kevin Campbell” on the morning of the
shooting. That truck was registered to Campbell’s father.
denied leaving his home in the early morning hours of Nov. 18, before taking
the children to school, but a security system in place at his Hobart
residence recorded the front door to the home being opened at 4:37 a.m. that
day and again at 5:55 a.m., Meyers stated.
Campbell turned off his cell phone’s GPS location function at 3:30 a.m. on
the day of the murder, Verizon provided data indicating that, at 5:38 a.m.,
his phone received data from a cell tower located at 1376 Crisman Road,
approximately 6,500 feet from Thomas’ residence.
“Based upon a
timeline I prepared, which included all times and location information that
could be verified, Kevin Campbell would have had sufficient time to leave
his residence at 4:37 a.m., drive 13 miles to Portage, shoot Tiara Thomas,
have his phone ping the cell tower at 1376 Crisman at 5:38 a.m. and return
home at 5:55 a.m. in time to ready the children for school,” Meyers stated.
Court Judge Roger Bradford ordered Campbell, on his arrest, to be held