Indiana Man Charged with Murder After Killing Motel Employee

A motel employee in Evansville, Indiana, was fatally stabbed by DeWayne Bruce Whitney Jr. after allegedly attempting to sexually assault Whitney's girlfriend. Whitney was arrested and charged with murder, and is being held without bond.

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Indiana Man Charged with Murder After Killing Motel Employee

Indiana Man Charged with Murder After Killing Motel Employee

DeWayne Bruce Whitney Jr., a 36-year-old man from Evansville, Indiana, has been arrested and charged with murder after fatally stabbing a motel employee at the Esquire Inn on Saturday night. The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. when officers responded to a medical emergency call at the motel on North Fares Avenue.

According to investigators, the victim, an employee at the motel, had allegedly attempted to sexually assault Whitney's girlfriend earlier that night. The girlfriend, who had previously been in a relationship with the victim, reported that he had texted her, "demanding" she meet him in her room at the Esquire Inn. When she arrived, the victim allegedly pushed her against the wall, shoved his hand down her pants, and tried to force her to perform a sex act.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the severity of sexual assault and the potential consequences of such actions, underscoring the need for increased awareness and prevention efforts. It also raises questions about the responsibility of establishments, such as motels, in ensuring the safety of their guests and employees.

Whitney, who was staying at the motel with his girlfriend, confronted the victim, leading to a brief altercation before leaving the room. Surveillance footage captured Whitney returning to confront the victim a second time, punching and breaking a plexiglass window in the lobby to get to him. The video shows Whitney grabbing the victim by the throat and pushing him against a wall. During the struggle, the victim was stabbed in the chest.

The victim, whose name has not been released pending notification of next of kin, was taken to Deaconess Midtown Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. Whitney was found sitting in his car near the scene and told a firefighter, "I did it." He later described the knife to investigators and said it was lying on the floorboard of his car.

Whitney was arrested and booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on a charge of murder. He is currently being held without bond, and no new case had been entered into court records as of Sunday morning. The incident highlights the severity of sexual assault and the potential consequences of such actions. The case remains under investigation, and Whitney's charges may be updated as more information becomes available.

Key Takeaways

  • DeWayne Bruce Whitney Jr. arrested for murder after stabbing motel employee.
  • Victim allegedly attempted to sexually assault Whitney's girlfriend earlier.
  • Whitney confronted victim, leading to altercation and fatal stabbing.
  • Victim died from chest wound at Deaconess Midtown Hospital.
  • Whitney held without bond, charged with murder, pending further investigation.