Press release: Bloomington Man Arrested for Murder in Lawrence County

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office posted the following on their Facebook page Sunday:

On Saturday, May 18th, at approximately 10:35am, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a shooting incident in the 500 block of Sunny Acres Lane just southeast of Bedford. Responding deputies arrived to find that two adult males had suffered gunshot wounds. The two victims were transported by EMS to IU Health in Bedford. Johnnie Grubb IV (44 years old of Bedford) was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The second victim, a 49-year-old male from Mitchell, was flown to a Louisville Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Deputies quickly gathered information that revealed at least two males had fled from the scene in a vehicle. It was also learned the incident had been captured on surveillance video. Detectives and Command Staff from the Sheriff’s Office responded to investigate. In addition, Indiana State Police evidence technicians responded to help process the shooting scene. Narcotics Detectives from the Indiana State Police and Bloomington Police Department became invaluable in helping locate all persons of interest, as those being sought were from Monroe County and had no permanent residences.

Detectives were able to determine there was one male, identified as Timothy Brian Helton (36 years old of Bloomington), responsible for the shooting. The second male with Helton was identified as Christopher Cecil (29 years old of Bloomington). Other witnesses were also identified, as was the vehicle Helton had fled the scene in. While detectives interviewed numerous people, collected evidence, and examined surveillance videos from the scene and surrounding residences, the Narcotics Detectives tracked Helton to a residence on Mt. Gilead Road in Monroe County. ISP and Lawrence County drug enforcement detectives conducted surveillance and observed Helton leave with other occupants in a different vehicle. Officers from the Bloomington Police Department conducted a traffic stop along the SR 45/46 bypass and took Helton into custody without incident.

In addition, detectives obtained numerous search warrants for the scene, the vehicle Helton had fled in which was found in Monroe County, the vehicle Helton was in while stopped, and the residence Helton left from on Mt. Gilead Road. Each of these warrants were executed and evidence collected. All persons of interest and witnesses who had been at the scene of the shooting were located and interviewed as well.

Investigators determined that Helton and Cecil arrived at the Sunny Acres Lane address shortly before the shooting occurred. Some type of disagreement ensued that stemmed from an on-going dispute several days earlier. Helton allegedly pulled out a firearm and shot multiple rounds, striking Grubb and the second victim. Helton and Cecil immediately fled the scene.

Probable cause was established for the arrest of Timothy Brian Helton for Murder and Attempted Murder. He was incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail where he is being held without bond. In addition, Christopher Cecil was located at a residence in Greene County by Lawrence County and ISP officers. He was arrested on an outstanding felony probation warrant out of Monroe County as well as a new offense of Possession of Methamphetamine in Greene County. After being interviewed, he was incarcerated in the Greene County Jail.

Sheriff Greg Day praised the investigative work of all involved and expressed his gratitude for the outstanding teamwork of all agencies. “The amount of work and investigation that goes into any homicide case is immense. When you couple that with having to locate and interview multiple people, track down so many persons over a three-county area, and process not just the shooting scene but also multiple vehicles and residences, there is no way to complete all needed tasks quickly and efficiently without the help of partnering agencies. We cannot thank the Indiana State Police, the Bloomington Police Department, and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office enough for their assistance. Thanks to this teamwork and the excellent work by our detectives, a very complex investigation led to the apprehension and arrest of the suspect within a very short period of time.”

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Assisting agencies included Indiana State Police Bloomington District, Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section, Bloomington Police Department Patrol Division, Bloomington Police Department Narcotics Detectives, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department, Lawrence County Fire Territory, and IU Health EMS.

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