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Teen arrested in connection with Grimsley death

Teen arrested in connection with Grimsley death Teen arrested in connection with Grimsley death

A third person has been arrested in connection with the death of a Palmyra woman in what law enforcement officers describe as a drug deal gone bad. Dalton Madley, of French Lick, is the teenager who was seated between Christian Pittman and Sam Smith, both of Corydon, in the Feb. 10 incident that occurred in Palmyra.

Madley, 16, is being charged as an adult. He is charged with robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 2 felony. He appeared before Superior Judge Joseph (Joe) Claypool on Monday afternoon. Claypool ordered Madley be held at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center and set his bond at $50,000 full cash.

On Feb. 17, the two men involved in the case had their initial hearings in front of Claypool.

Pittman, 21, was represented by attorney Bart Betteau, and Smith, 19, told the judge he wanted to talk to his mom about hiring counsel. Both men are charged with felony robbery and murder charges stemming from the incident when the three met with Christina (Chrissy) Grimsley, 21, for an alleged drug deal on Martin-Mathis  Road, outside of Palmyra.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Grimsley handed Smith a bag containing marijuana and asked for the money for the drug. At that point, Pittman sped away with Grimsley hanging onto the side of the truck. She was thrown to the roadway, suffering a traumatic brain injury. She died Feb. 12.

Pittman was arrested Feb. 15 after turning himself into the Indiana State Police, not the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. as initially reported. Smith was arrested two days later.

Claypool set bond for both Pittman and Smith at $300,000 full cash and told them they can request a bond reduction hearing.

Pittman and Smith are set to appear again in court on March 16, and Madley’s next court date is March 30. A trial is set to begin July 21.