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Retrial concludes, but no verdict yet in fatal 2015 stabbing

Posted at 5:55 PM, Oct 03, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS -- The retrial of a man accused of beating and stabbing his roommate to death in 2015 concluded on Tuesday, but a verdict won’t be announced until later this month.

Caleb Bixler was 18 years old when police say he and his roommate Keith Cornwell beat and stabbed their third roommate, 37-year-old Ron Trahan, more than 70 times in August 2015.

Trahan’s body was found under a pile of mulch in a warehouse parking lot on East Michigan Street.

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Cornwell was found guilty of murder in February and sentenced to 51 years in prison.

A May trial in Bixler’s case ended in a hung jury, however, with jurors unable to reach a verdict.

On Monday, Bixler again appeared in court, this time for a bench  trial in the case. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office said that trial concluded Tuesday afternoon, but that the verdict would not be announced until Oct. 20.

If found guilty of murder, Bixler faces a sentencing range of 45-65 years in prison, with an advisory sentence of 55 years.

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