Sheriff: Suspect in fatal stabbing was friend of victim


by Gene Kang

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 6:43 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 5:22 PM

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS 11) -- Washington County authorities have a man in jail after they said he stabbed his friend to death. It's something that doesn't happen very often in that quiet Indiana farming community.

Joey Verble, 46, from Sellersburg, was stabbed to death near State Road 39 and Mt. Eden Road in Washington County late Thursday night.

The Sheriff's office tells us David Hook, 46 from Salem, is in custody, but hasn't been formally charged.  A driver had stopped and called 911.

Chief Deputy Roger Newlon with Washington County Sheriff, said, "he was along the road when a motorist stopped and the motorist called and knew something was wrong."

Neighbors say corn and soy bean fields, quickly turned into a crime scene.

"There was a bunch of cops and DNR and ambulances and stuff down here," said neighbor Daniel Carey.

Around 10:30 last night, the chief deputy says the two friends were hanging out, but wouldn't elaborate on what caused the sudden violence.

Verble's brother stopped by the scene and started to cry, but didn't want to go on camera. His mother and wife tell WHAS11 they are heartbroken, receiving news from the coroner early Friday. They want answers as their lives have been shattered.

"We haven't had anything like this for three or four years, any type of homicide," said Newlon.

The prosecutor's office is waiting to file charges and an autopsy is being performed on the victim.