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Bledsoe arraigned on murder charge

Friday, January 15, 2010 ~ Updated 6:32 PM

Putnam County Sheriff's Department deputies escort Jeremy Bledsoe into the Putnam County Courthouse for an initial hearing Thursday morning. Bledsoe is accused of shooting his wife Kathryne to death Wednesday at the couple's Reelsville home.
GREENCASTLE -- As members of Kathryne Bledsoe's family sobbed audibly, a not guilty plea was entered Thursday in Putnam County Circuit Court on behalf of the man accused of her murder.

Jeremy Bledsoe, 31, of Reelsville stands accused of shooting Kathryne -- his wife of 10 years -- to death Wednesday morning in the couple's home. At his initial hearing on Thursday morning, Judge Matthew Headley, at the request of Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter, ordered Bledsoe held without bond.

Kathryne's aunt, Krista Downs, said Kathryne, 31, had just told her husband she wanted a divorce the day before she was murdered.

Kathryne Bledsoe
"She was trying to get things together to move," Downs said.

Downs said incidents of violence had happened throughout the Bledsoes' decade-long marriage, but that she never thought things would escalate to possible murder.

"Sometimes in the back of my mind I'd think maybe it could happen, but Kathy kept assuring us everything was OK," she said, breaking down into tears. "This just doesn't seem real. I can't believe she's gone."

Downs said Bledsoe was obsessive about keeping tabs on Kathryne, with whom he eloped to Las Vegas after a short courtship, and would call and text message her constantly. He would also sit in his car outside her place of employment while Kathryne worked and insisted on knowing her work schedule at all times, Downs said.

Kathryne's oldest sister, Jennifer Whitlow, said Bledsoe threatened her recently.

"He told me that if I planned to take his kids I would regret it," she said.

The Bledsoes had lived in Reelsville for two years. They moved to Putnam County from Brownsburg. Kathryne, who was one of five siblings, was a cosmetologist, and worked for Great Clips in Greencastle.

Bledsoe asked for a public defender, and Headley assigned Todd Sallee to the case. Headley told Bledsoe that murder was "its own class of felony," and that if convicted Bledsoe could face 45 to 65 years in prison (the advisory sentence is 55 years). He explained to Bledsoe his rights, and asked him if he understood.

"Yes," Bledsoe said, never raising his eyes.

Headley set a pretrial conference for Bledsoe for March 4.

Bledsoe allegedly left the scene of the murder shortly after Kathryne was shot. He remained at large for over 12 hours until he was apprehended in the Cataract area at about 11:35 p.m. Wednesday.

Two of the Bledsoes' children -- a 3-year-old boy and a 20-month-old girl -- were in the house when Kathryne was shot. Also present was Jeremy's grandmother, Ava Bledsoe, who lived with Kathryne and Jeremy and reported the shooting to authorities.

Putnam County Coroner Thomas Miller and Deputy Coroner Brian Hopkins were both at the crime scene Wednesday. Kathryne Bledsoe was pronounced dead at 10:19 a.m., Miller said. The cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head.

Putnam County Chief Deputy Doug Nally estimated this to be the sixth or seventh murder committed in Putnam County since he joined the force in 1991.

The Bledsoes' 6-year-old son was in class at Reelsville Elementary School when the shooting occurred. The school is directly across the street from the Bledsoes' home.

"I considered her my daughter," said Kathryne's uncle, Rick Downs. "She was a good little girl. We're just getting around right now, just trying to make it through. We're in disbelief."

Bookwalter filed the felony murder charge against Bledsoe late Wednesday afternoon, and Headley signed an arrest warrant for Bledsoe shortly afterward.

Bledsoe was arrested without incident by Putnam County Sheriff's Department deputies and Indiana State Troopers.

A release from the Putnamville Post of the Indiana State Police said Deputy Mike Downing spotted the van Bledsoe was driving on S.R. 42 near Burma Road in Putnam County just after 11 p.m.

"Downing was following the vehicle while waiting for other officers when Bledsoe pulled over on S.R. 42 just south of the Cataract Store, exited the vehicle and surrendered," the release said.

Kathryne's youngest brother, Eric Whitlow, said his sister was a dedicated mother.

"Her children were her life," he said.

Eric said Bledsoe rarely attended family functions with his wife's relatives.

"If he did, he would just make trouble and they'd leave," he said.

Bledsoe's criminal history includes a 1996 conviction for public intoxication; convictions in 1996 and 1998 for misdemeanor illegal consumption of alcohol; convictions in 1999 for felony resisting law enforcement and misdemeanor driving while suspended and driving while intoxicated, as well as several probation violations and traffic infractions.

He has also had counts of intimidation and battery brought against him in the past, but those charges were dismissed.

Kathryne's family is making plans to hold funeral and burial services for her in Hamilton County, where she and her siblings were raised. Kathryne's mother, Debra Collins, now lives in Florida, and her father, Rudy Whitlow, resides in California.

"What I want is for people to remember (Kathryne) as the beautiful person she was," Jennifer said, her voice trembling as she began to cry. "She was always worried about everybody else. She would do anything for anyone and she worked hard to take care of her kids."

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I can't believe this happened!! Everything that was said about her was completely true! She did work hard for her children, and for them to be there during that time is horrific. I worked with her at Great Clips, and I would have never thought that he would do something like that. Granted, he was there a lot, as well as called all of the time, I just never saw it coming. I truly miss her, and my deepest sympathy goes to her family during this tragic time.

-- Posted by tlsb44 on Thu, Jan 14, 2010, at 4:41 PM

Good job Deputy Downing and all others involved!!!!

-- Posted by longtime resident on Thu, Jan 14, 2010, at 5:08 PM

heartbreaking.....just heartbreaking...but capital punishment just amounts to legalized murder...better punishment is to let him live with his guilt for the rest of his life...live knowing he will never see his children again...I pray for those kids.

-- Posted by citizenoftheworld on Thu, Jan 14, 2010, at 6:08 PM

Careful pastor, you just quoted the Old Testament. I wouldn't want to go back to the old laws of retribution and sacrifices, and I doubt that you do either.

-- Posted by tackleberry65 on Thu, Jan 14, 2010, at 7:34 PM

Citizenoftheworld, the definition of murder is the "taking of an innocent life" like what happened Kathryne Bledsoe. Murder is what happened to her, we reserve capital punishment for the guilty, whoever did this to her ( and we will let the courts and a jury decide that) deserves capital punishment! Let us not confuse the terms.

-- Posted by uncommonsence on Thu, Jan 14, 2010, at 7:42 PM

I pray for Kathys Family and children...how sad.

-- Posted by luv2bmom2001 on Thu, Jan 14, 2010, at 7:58 PM


-- Posted by CRAZYLADIES on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 8:23 AM

I don't understand why he would only get 45-65 years in prison. He murdered his innocent wife in cold blood. I do not want my hard earned dollars going to pay for him to have three meals a day and a warm place to sleep. If he is found guilty by a group of his peers then Captial Punishment should be administered.

-- Posted by Heritage Lake Resident on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 9:52 AM

If this man went to the house with a gun, in all probability, this was a pre-meditated murder. The punishment for this is the death penalty. I have no idea what "deal" the prosecutor will come up with, but judge Headly does not have to go along. There was an eye witness to the shooting. It will be interesting to see if this murder actually goes to trial. The children now have no parents. I pray for them.

-- Posted by not gullible on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 9:57 AM

Can we disable the comments on this story. Im sure this is a touchy subject and this family has enough going on.

-- Posted by 1stamendrights on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 10:03 AM

My heart goes out to her children, and her family. My mother used to tell us "When u lose your mother u lose your bestfiend !! Hopefully our court will not go light on this man, for he took something from his children that can never be replaced!!

-- Posted by Grieving Mom on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 10:27 AM

The gun could have gone off accidentally people!The media has already tried and convicted the man.That letter from a classmate is also damning to his case.I would sue the banner for that.He needs a change of venue,he will never,ever get a fair trial here.

-- Posted by Indymom7 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 10:45 AM

Why didn't he just turn the gun on himself??? If he is so miserable, why kill the mother of innocent babies??? Obviously he will have no quality of life now. No one gets away with something so blatant.

-- Posted by Really??? on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 10:56 AM

Pastor,The Almighty God that the Bible speaks of is a God of great mercy and love.True,he is a God of wrath also but I remember the woman at the well.Christ told her to go and sin no more,she was forgiven.No,she never took a life but sin is sin,there is no difference from a lie or a murder,it is sin.The main thing is repentance!Christ came to make a new and easier way to come to God,the old way was not working,thus he sent his son.I pray for God to touch this man's heart,for his soul,that he may stand before God redeemed by the blood of Jesus.That he may have peace that passeth understanding,you as a pastor should do the same!

-- Posted by Indymom7 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 11:15 AM

I agree no more three hots and a cot.. Send him to God and let him judge him...

-- Posted by Grey Wolf on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at

9:59 AM

Amen" to the grey wolf gentleman that posted this! truely. im sorry that those childern gotta suffer without parents now i just hope this dont scar them for life". ill pray for them kids and all the cause thats happened to them".

-- Posted by maria31st on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 11:21 AM

Fair trial, unfair trial, death penalty wrong, death penalty the only right thing, quantum leaping into law suits against the paper for the comments made by free speaking Americans on a public site....... none of this helps make sense of any of it, to my mind.

This murder is an outcome. In reading the spartan details of past behavior and failure to follow through with charges, we see a pattern. The death of this young mother is an indication of a male living in a world that hasn't ever enforced consequences with him. Even now, he manipulates our courts to prove his wrong.

Parsing the point of his having been the murderer doesn't negate the truth. His crime against the woman he so clearly despised (even while he surely claimed to love her) shows his true nature. Jeremy knows nothing of love because true love has never touched his life.

He disrespected his wife even as she supported him. Kathryn surely hoped she was going to change his sad state of existence. It all smacks of people perishing for lack of knowledge.

God is the only One Who is able to change a man.

God is real. He doesn't need truth proven to Him. He is Truth. Not knowing that is the bottom line here.

Jeremy is a lost and dying man bound for hell unless he confesses, repents and is redeemed by the Blood of Jesus Christ. So, did I just condemn him? No. His choices have done that for him. He condemns himself regardless of public opinion, venue or court proceedings determined by judicial views of Justice.

I pray for his salvation and for God to break this cycle off the Bledsoe children's lives that they may learn something much more sound for their already chaotic lives. I hope whoever raises these children asks God's wisdom to deal with the cause and effect ignorance demonstrated before their tiny eyes by their parents.

It's sad and it's devastating to us all as a community to see such a social failure as this come to such a tragic end. It's proof positive to me, however; that there is a dire need for mentoring of young men in our area on the components of sound manhood. Will Jeremy be forced to "man up" now? I really hope so!

Will God's men in this region notice the young boys around them whose fathers are absent and reach out to help them grow up more soundly than this? I pray they will.

I pray God's men will see that this is the result of a woman trying to help a boy become a man in a society that serves Self and deserts the edicts of God to go into the highways and byways and bid them to come in. Women can not teach manly responsibility to men-to-be. They need father figures for that.

So many young boys in our churches and schools are crying out for male leadership while the men in the church make themselves busy with earning their keep and minding their own families.

Men of God reading this, is there no extra time you could offer to a life crying out for direction so that boys won't grow to father children who will cry the way these babies are sure to cry?

If not you, then who?

-- Posted by WhoaNellie on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 11:41 AM

An eye for an eye.

-- Posted by obeone on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 12:43 PM

hmmm,unless it is you!

-- Posted by Indymom7 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 12:47 PM

Moses was a murder....and God gave him a second chance

-- Posted by one_singlerose on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 2:47 PM

Indymom,are you that nieve to beleive the gun was accidently discharged,and I supose it was accidently pointed at his wife too,and this is all a tragic accident

-- Posted by obeone on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 3:40 PM

I am just trying to be fair!The only ones that can tell really what happened, are those babies and Jeremy.Let him tell his side before we crucify him.

-- Posted by Indymom7 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 3:59 PM

So, Im not sure if this is true or not... But I heard that the police were called to that house the night before she was killed, and the police didn't respond to the call. Seriously?????? If this is true, something should be done regarding that call. If that was the case, and the cops did show up, that might have saved her life!! It breaks my heart to hear all these stories! I am going to miss her so much!!!

-- Posted by tlsb44 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 4:34 PM

Sorry pastor keep on preaching. More people died in the name of religion then it has ever saved. Pastor you are nothing more then a hypocrite at best. Why don't you do something postive for the community then flapping your gums about some bible nonsence.

-- Posted by 1stamendrights on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 5:09 PM

PLEASE LET THE FAMILY DEAL WITH THIS dont down talk the sheriff or antone involved pray that GOD will do do justice as we all must do

-- Posted by aman on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 5:48 PM

I see a change of venue request on the horizon.

-- Posted by Harmony Church on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 7:00 PM

uncommonsense,thanks for the clarification on that...I guess I could say ...thou shalt not kill...or quote some bibical nonsense. I suppose the term assassanation might work....that's defined as targeted killing...whatever the term the end result is the same death by anothers hand and most call that murder.

This case will surely be moved out of this county.The media has already tried and convicted him here.

-- Posted by citizenoftheworld on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 7:32 PM

I'm sorry "citizenoftheworld" but I again must clarify the terms, " death by another's hand and most call that murder" is nonsense, most do not. I carry with me, the means to defend myself and others from a attack where someone could cause me and other innocent people, extreme harm. If I use these means to defend myself, and my attacker(s) die as a result, am I guilty of murder? Your definition states that I am. This flies in the face of every definition I have ever seen for murder, it flies into the face of our constitution. "Thou shalt not kill" is not in the Bible, to quote Exodus 20:13 correctly, it states that "thou shalt not commit murder". Biblical nonsense? we will see about that someday. But to get back to the law's of this land ( The United States of America ) from the Mayflower Compact until present day, the term "murder" means the taking of an "innocent" life, not the taking of the guilty. I realize that this doesn't fit the "world citizen's" view, but this is still a sovereign land of laws!

"The media has already tried and convicted him here", what have you been reading? The articles I have seen have been attempting to report what was experienced by those involved, I have not seen where they have entered "opinions" into the stories. They have quoted persons involved, that is what newspaper reporters are supposed to do, have we also forgot that?

The jury will take "evidence", not what anyone says, not what the newspaper writes, and not what people write in the comments section, and weigh that evidence to arrive at a verdict.

-- Posted by uncommonsence on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 9:19 PM

This comments section is starting to sound like a battle of the church sermons. I wish the banner would shut this one down, but i think I'll just quit reading the comments for this story instead.

-- Posted by ZRXguy on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 9:30 PM

Pastor PLEASE set up some fund for the children in this so the family can do the right thing as I know them no one in this tragity was ready but the family is ready & is doing all it can to Please ask your people & the god loving people in your area to help this family heal from this MY LOVE & THE LOVE OF THE LORD GOD BE WITH YOU

-- Posted by aman on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 10:24 PM

you hipacrits in INDIANA think about the BABIES who lost thier parents its time to think about the kids not how bad you are doing

-- Posted by aman on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 10:31 PM

I agree with aman! lets think of the 3 innocent children they lost their mother in a very cruel way. Those babies need our prayers to help them thru this horrible ordeal.

I went to school with Jeremy and honestly he is gonna have to deal with what he did the rest of his life, b/c he won't have the oppurtunity to see his children grow . My prayers go out to kathryne's friends and family .. But jermey you get no sympathy.. none at all

-- Posted by gcastle_hater on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 1:12 PM

Heritage Lake Resident , same death row for years or life in prison........1981 Bill minick got death still in prison.

obeone guns dont kill people do but, i do believe in accidents.

Pastor, the devil himself can quote the Bible.

God created and God takes ..only God can take a life. jermeny was a tool , so are earthquakes, floods. When it's your turn , Gods wants you, you go.

EVERYONE need some sort of sympathy even the quilty.

does anyone really think the children are reading these comments? I don't think so

-- Posted by Sand mann on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 2:22 PM

Pastor, really, is that your true calling, or are you going for a law degree? You can sling it with the best of them. He did it, it was witnessed, now, he will try and get out of it. Typical male, can't man-up to what he has done. Bet he's not such a bully now. In fact, he's probably a crying, whining, suicide watch of a hot mess. Lesson here, don't do the crime if you can do the time. Just think, after his time in done on this earth, he can burn for the rest of his after-life. NO SYMPATHY. EYE FOR AN EYE! How about that, pastor?

-- Posted by lindam7766 on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 3:30 PM

Change of venue? Please...I see a guilty plea at some point. Great job by all law enforcement involved.

-- Posted by purple_heat on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 4:27 PM

uncommonsense...use your common sense...the guy may get a change of venue out this county because of the publicity...and clearly I am not the only who thinks so....thanks again for your clarification but again all you can do is quote definitions from various sources..killing is killing no matter how you label it.....not a real deep thinker are you.

-- Posted by citizenoftheworld on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 5:46 PM

citizenoftheworld... Common sense is what is being used, you might try it. The fact that this, and EVERY capital crime in EVERY county of the country will receive pre-trial publicity in one form or another does not exclude the accused from being tried in that county, a change of venue is only granted when the jury pool has been tainted. Reporting the facts does not taint the jury pool, if it did, you would not read any article about any crime until after the trial. The subject was the definition of murder, but happy to help you with the change-of-venue problem you were having.

"all I can do is quote from various sources" ughh.. that is how knowledge is acquired...you might try it. You still cannot come to grips with the FACT that murder and to kill a guilty person are not the same... Killing is not necessarily murder... It is not up to you to define it.... but you are apparently not a real deep thinker are you?

-- Posted by uncommonsence on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 6:27 PM

Yeah UC, but I guess it is upto you to decide how it should be defined huh? My viewpoint is not quite as narrow as yours.

-- Posted by citizenoftheworld on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 7:35 PM

Huh! "Pastor" must not have liked the comment that "pointer" left about him. May have hit a little too close to home.

uncommonsence - some people just don't get it. THEY have a narrow viewpoint and no amount of knowledge will change it.

-- Posted by NotSoInnocent on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 12:37 AM

Your god is dead pastor. If there is a hell I will see you there. Just because you go or preach church on Sundays doesnt mean that your hands are clean. Take your scriptures and read them to someone who cares!

-- Posted by 1stamendrights on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 2:26 AM

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

Mahatma Gandhi

-- Posted by citizenoftheworld on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 7:19 AM

Really, the stories of how the "police didn't respond and could've saved a life" are already starting! How about we say GREAT JOB for getting the guy off the streets in only twelve hours. For a small department that's really good time. Murders are committed everyday and a lot of them will never get the chance for a trial. I believe he killed his wife in cold blood, but even if there was a chance that he didn't do this, I would still prefer him behind bars until they could prove he was safe to be outside.

Great job to everyone involved in the capture of this man.

-- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 8:44 AM

and p.s. Don't let your mouth witness what your eyes never saw!

-- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 8:46 AM

Get a real job instead of spreading your opinion and using the bible to back it up. Coward? I would welcome you to a public debate instead of typing back and forth! May the lord be with you and hopefully he shuts your mouth!

-- Posted by 1stamendrights on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 11:45 AM

Pastor or J S Clown Your two dollar words don't amount to a hill of beans. Would Jesus speak to me like this? My original comment was out there to protect the family, which means I CARE!!! If you really have a congregatian, I pray your lambs will find greener pastures outside of your hypocrisy. WWJD???

-- Posted by 1stamendrights on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 11:56 AM

Sorry citizenoftheworld, It has been defined for us, I didn't define the act of Murder it has always meant the taking of an "innocent" life. I have cited form the Pentitude,(I know you don't like that because Moses wrote them, but they are, after all the oldest "history" books in existence) the Mayflower Compact (this country's oldest law book) and can add to that the Articles of Confederation and every LAW book ever written. This is a FACT, and neither you or I can make up our own set of FACTS. If I do not like the word "blue" I cannot start calling it Yellow because it pleases me. You are the one that wants to re-define the meaning or Murder.

-- Posted by uncommonsence on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 12:11 PM

Just to be clear,my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and especialy to the children,I hope they didn't have to see thier mother die in such a manner and that goes for the grandmother too.However this is a CRIME and I hope the perpatrater is duly convicted and punnished in accordence with the law,whomever that maybe!

-- Posted by obeone on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 2:56 PM

P.S.I still say an eye for an eye!

-- Posted by obeone on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 2:59 PM

Read the book "conversations with god" thats all i got to say! Jesus and I are tight. I don't need your BS scriptures from a book that has been revised several times over to find true love with the lord. I can think for myself I don't the suppression of the bible to show me the light. I show my love through my actions and caring for other people. My heart is huge and me doing whats right, the right thing will get me closer to MY GOD!

P.S how many times has the bible been revised and translated? The bible was started out as an oral tradition and written years after christs death. Ask the cathlic church! Oh, yea moron the da vinci code, dead sea scrolls! Amen

-- Posted by 1stamendrights on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 3:06 PM

Pastor,you undoudtly have great insight,but I think your beatting a dead horse.The bible is a book containing words written by man,interping gods word.Every religon interps these words differently,so what is the word of god? I don't know,i'm still trying to find out.

-- Posted by obeone on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 3:08 PM


-- Posted by citizenoftheworld on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 3:52 PM

I believe Pastor is the one to be diagnosed with mental illness (and no, schizophrenia is never an excuse; people with schizophrenia know right from wrong and would be offended to know that is used as an excuse in this case by "Pastor".)

-- Posted by yubantode on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 4:21 PM

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bledsoe Children's Education Fund or Donations to help with funeral costs. Both may be sent co Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St., P.O. Box 42, Sheridan, IN 46069.

-- Posted by uncommonsence on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 6:57 PM