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New Albany double homicide suspect, victims named

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Posted at 3:17 PM, Apr 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-06 15:06:00-04

NEW ALBANY — Indiana State Police have released the name of the suspect in a double homicide and kidnapping in New Albany, Monday.

According to ISP, Cherok Anthony Douglass, 37, of New Albany is charged with one count of kidnapping and one count of robbery.

ISP also released the names of the deceased from the double homicide. Brandee Kay Douglass, 38, was fatally shot and was the wife of Cherok Douglass.

Lorin M. Yelle, 43, of Louisville, Kentucky was named as the second victim.

According to ISP, Yelle is not believed to have any connection to either Brandee or Cherok Douglass. Investigators believe Yelle was a customer of the gas station and
was shot upon exiting the store.

Douglass left the scene of a double homicide at the Circle K gas station on Grantline Road in New Albany and took a woman hostage from a local restaurant in the process of running from law enforcement, according to the New Albany Police Department.

The abductee was unrelated to the earlier incident. Douglass then allegedly forced the hostage into another vehicle, according to Chief Todd Bailey of the New Albany Police Department.

According to police, Cherok Douglass "took aggressive action toward officers", who shot him.

The hostage was not seriously injured in the altercation. Cherok Douglass was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

There are no additional details available at this time and authorities are still investigating.