ISP makes second arrest in Paoli murders, still searching for 1 suspect


by William Teague

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 28 at 10:52 AM

 ORANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11)—Indiana State Police have a second suspect in custody in the double murders in Paoli that happened on Monday. 

At 6:15 p.m. on Friday ISP arrested James Davidson, 36, at his brother’s home near Marengo on Hogtown Road. He was taken into custody without incident and is being held at the Orange County Jail. 
"After speaking with his family we were able to locate Davidson inside the residence," Sgt. Philip Hensley said. 
Davidson was charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, but police were able to collect a lot, with police thinking he expected to be on the run for an extended period of time.
"We rounded up a bunch of his supplies, it appears he had suspected to be on the run for a while so he is going to be hampered by not having those materials and we actually think that's a good thing. We are wanting to make it as difficult as possible so he has no choice but to come in," Hensley said. 
He is the second suspect arrested in this case. Police already have Elbert Brooks in custody and have charged him with the same counts as Davidson. Brooks was arrested on Tuesday. 
"[Investigators] have been relentless in following up on the information and working on the community talking to people working as tirelessly as they can," Hensley said. 
Police are still searching for John Carpenter, 35, in the case. On Thursday evening police found Carpenter’s truck in a wooded area just east of New Amsterdam. 
Police said that Carpenter is considered armed and dangerous. They ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call ISP at 812-482-1441. 

Earlier Friday, Davidson's wife Anette was wanted for questioning and thought to have been harboring him. But Sergeant Hensley says they no longer need to speak with her.
Davidson will be held at Orange County Jail over the weekend without bond and is expected to be arraigned Monday.