Jeremy Musall, 27, was charged with two counts of murder, two counts of burglary resulting in bodily injury, rape and kidnapping.
Musall is accused of killing just one person, 30-year-old Joseph Snow. The first murder charge alleges that he killed Snow at a woman's home in southeastern Parke County. The second alleges he killed Snow while committing another felony -- in this case burglary, rape or kidnapping.
At his initial hearing, Musall appeared without a lawyer, so Judge Sam Swaim appointed Jim Bruner as his public defender. The court entered a preliminary plea of not guilty on Musall's behalf.
The judge set a trial date for Oct. 25 with a pre-trial conference of Oct. 6.
Musall is being held without bond. Additionally, Swaim issued a no-contact order with the alleged rape victim.
It is alleged that in the early morning hours of Aug. 13, Musall broke into the woman's home near Rocky Fork Lake in Parke County, where he killed Snow and raped the woman. He then allegedly put the body in his car with the intention of dumping the body in rural Putnam County.
He also allegedly took the child as leverage to get the woman to follow him.
Parke County Chief Deputy Bill Todd said Musall had a prior relationship with the woman.
Putnam County Deputies later located Musall's car on Creek Road near Greencastle, but lost contact with him. He was later arrested by Cloverdale Police Officer Charlie Hallam at his mother's home in Cloverdale, assisted by Putnam County Sheriff's Deputies and Indiana State Troopers.
The child was unharmed throughout the string of incidents.
The Putnam County Sheriff's Department located Snow's body in a cornfield off of County Road 500 West.