A man now residing
in Jackson Township has been charged with the murder of his wife in their
Center Township home in January.
Steven Lee Lindsey,
35, with a listed address of 1041N 250E, was booked into the Porter County
Jail at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. He is being held on no bond.
At 6:19 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 16, officers were dispatched to the couple’s home at 509 Ind.
149 after shots were reported inside the residence. On their arrival,
officers found Melinda Lindsey, 23, in bed with a gunshot wound to the head.
She was transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary, where
she subsequently died.
In the days and
weeks after the shooting, the PCSP was tight-lipped about the progress of
its investigation. Sgt. Larry LaFlower refused to say whether investigators
had any suspects and would only allow that they believed the shooting to be
an “isolated incident.”
The probable cause
affidavit released on Thursday, however, appears to indicate that
investigators were focusing on Lindsey from the very beginning.
Lindsey, for his
part, said that an intruder he never saw shot his wife and that recently
“someone had been stalking his house,” according to the affidavit. At least
one incident Lindsey reported: finding an open window on the house the week
before, after returning home from an appointment. Before that, Lindsey said,
someone “left lingerie inside his residence just inside the sliding glass
On the night in
question, Lindsey said that he was sleeping on the couch, his wife in the
bedroom, when he was awakened by “like a strangle hold,” a “rear choke,” put
on him by an intruder he was unable to see. Then “everything went dark and
everything went black” and the “next thing he remembered was a gun shot,”
Lindsey told investigators. He found himself in the baby’s room and though
his hands had been zip-tied behind his back he was able to call 911, Lindsay
note of the following, the probable cause affidavit states:
hands--but not his feet or his legs--were secured with a zip tie. There was
“an adequate amount of space between (Lindsey’s) hands,” approximately two
to three inches.
* When officers
first entered the baby’s room, Lindsey asked “how his wife is” and indicated
that “he wanted to go see her.” After that, though, “at no time did he
request a further status on Melinda Lindsey,” “was never heard inquiring
about the condition” of his wife “or her location once he was allowed to
leave the residence.”
* No shoe prints
were found “leading up to any of the windows of the home” or “into or out of
the wooded area behind the house.” A pair of shoe prints was found
leading through a neighbor’s yard to the Lindseys’ front deck but “never
came closer than six feet at the near location” to the house itself.
* The baby’s room
where Lindsey was found--which contained a “small plastic child’s table and
two plastic chairs in the center”--showed no signs of disturbance or
* No marks or
bruises were observed on Lindsey’s neck or throat, where he said a choke
hold had been put on him from behind. Lindsey also “advised that he did not
have any neck pain.”
* A semi-automatic
pistol was found on the floor of the master bedroom, partially underneath
the foot of the bed, in an open locked position with the magazine seated.
That handgun apparently belonged to Melinda Lindsey, had been purchased for
her by someone named “Trinidad,” and she’d been sleeping with it “after all
this stuff (that) has been happening,” Lindsey said. He added that he’d
never handled a handgun himself and had not shot any weapons recently.
“Samples were then taken from Mr. Lindsey to check for gun shot residue,”
police said. “Preliminary tests on Mr. Lindsey returned presumptive positive
for gun shot residue.”
* On Monday, Feb.
9, investigators learned that Lindsey was “looking to file a claim” on
Melinda Lindsey’s life insurance policy. That policy, issued on March 26,
2014, was in the amount of $1 million plus $100,000 in the event of an
punishable by a term of 45 to 65 years.