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No Bond For Husband Charged With Murder For Wife’s Overdose

Posted On November 14, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

James A. Trimnell (left) and Nathaniel C. Walmsley. Photos by Ripley County Sheriff’s Department.

(Versailles, Ind.) – A Batesville area man who injected his wife with a deadly dose of heroin and fentanyl is being held in jail without bond.

Nathaniel C. Walmsley, 36, was in Ripley Circuit Court on Monday, where an April 17, 2018 trial date was set. Walmsley was arrested on a Murder charge in Ripley County last week.

Last July, his wife, Rachel Walmsley, died after Nathaniel allegedly injected her with heroin during a family cookout at their home. Nathaniel and the couple’s teenage son carried the 36-year-old woman to a bedroom when she remained for a while, but eventually drove her to Margaret Mary Health in Batesville where she was pronounced dead.

Walmsley was allegedly dealt the deadly batch of heroin by James Alvin Trimnell, 38, of Aurora. Trimnell was also arrested last week after being charged with murder. He is due to make his initial appearance in Ripley County court on Wednesday.

Ripley County prosecutor Ric Hertel said during a press conference last week that this case may be the first time in Indiana where murder charges have been filed over a fatal overdose.

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