Wabash man convicted of murder

Waylon Sadler

By Emma Rausch

A Wabash man was convicted of murder Friday, Sept. 1, following a three-day jury trial.

Waylon Sadler, 31, was found guilty of murder, felony battery resulting in serious bodily, felony criminal confinement and felony intimidation.

In January 2016, Sadler was charged in connection to the homicide investigation of James L. Zook, 55, of Marion. Zook was pronounced dead at 7:05 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2016, as a result of a punctured jugular vein and fractured trachea, according to the Grant County Coroner’s report.

At the time of the incident, Sadler and Zook resided together at a residence on West 9th Street with Zook’s daughter and Sadler’s girlfriend, Shannon Collins.

Following the trial, Grant County Prosecutor James Luttrull Jr. told The Paper of Wabash County that he’s confident in the jury’s decision.

“I have every confidence that they followed the evidence and the rules of the court,” Luttrull said. “The jury was convinced he had committed the murder. We were gratified with the verdict and that it was a just verdict.

“The jury was not told of (Sadler’s) violent past and of his past convictions. We will be mentioning those and presenting those at the time of sentencing.”

As of The Paper’s deadline on Monday, Sept. 11, a sentencing hearing has not been announced.

Posted on 2017 Sep 12