Karl Woodall, already accused in Stefanie Coulson's death, charged in second murder

Posted at 1:42 PM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 13:42:20-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- A man already accused in the fatal shooting of Stefanie Coulson in late March was charged Tuesday with another murder weeks earlier.

Marion County prosecutors have filed formal charges of murder against 35-year-old Karl Woodall in connection with the murder of James Edward Sapp, 54, on March 6.

Woodall was arrested March 31 on a preliminary charge of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Stefanie Coulson in the 3700 block of East Pleasant Run Parkway North Drive.

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According to a probable cause affidavit, shell casings found at the scene of Coulson's shooting matched an unfired cartridge found at the scene where Sapp was killed.

Police found Sapp lying unresponsive with an apparent gunshot wound to the head shortly before 3:00 a.m. on March 6 in the 2100 block of Riley Avenue.

Sapp was pronounced dead at the scene.

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According to the affidavit, a witness who was with Woodall told police Woodall was looking for Sapp, who he called "Fast Eddie," because Sapp owed him money for two grams of methamphetamine and a hand gun he had sold.

The witness told police they drove to the home of someone called "Dead End Mike" looking for Sapp, but didn't find him.

They later found Sapp at a residence in the 2100 block of North Riley Avenue.

According to the affidavit, Woodall and Sapp talked for 15-20 minutes, at which point Woodall returned to the vehicle and pulled out a Stevens 12-gauge single barrel shotgun he called his "little buddy."

"The [witness] said Karl stated that Fast Eddie said Dead End Mike told him (Karl) that he needed more protection and began talking crazy," the affidavit says. "The [witness] said Karl started rambling on from his lack of sleep and said something about seeing if Fast Eddie wanted to buy this shotgun. The [witness] said he/she was watching in the rearview mirror from the front passenger seat when he/she heard a boom. The [witness] said he/she saw Karl shoot Fast Eddie in the face with a shotgun."

Woodall then jumped back in the van, according to the witness, who asked him what he'd done.

"I blew his face off," Woodall said, according to the affidavit.

On March 27, police began investigating the murder of Stefanie Coulson. As part of that investigation, police obtained a search warrant for Woodall's van. Inside, they found shotgun shells similar to the one used in Sapp's shooting.

Woodall was arrested four days later and taken into custody at the Marion County Jail.


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