2012-09-25 / Front Page

Rural Owen County Man Fatally Stabbed By Son In Greencastle

Pre-Trial Conference Set For November 28; Enters Not Guilty Plea
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

A Greencastle man remains jailed in Putnam County following his arrest and subsequent arraignment for the murder of his father on Wednesday, September 12.

According to a probable cause affidavit provided by the Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office, officers from the Greencastle Police Department and Putnam County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD) responded to the scene at 906 Crown Street at 5:49 p.m. that Wednesday evening to find Thomas W. Badgley, 20, of Greencastle, standing with his hands in the air. PCSD Deputy Phillip Troyer noticed blood on Badgley’s hand and, upon entry into the residence, found his father Tommie Dale Badgley of rural Gosport laying on the floor in a pool of blood. The victim’s wife and the suspect’s mother, Debbie Badgley, was on the floor next to her husband, attempting to aid him and provide comfort before he was transported by Operation Life to Putnam County Hospital, where he later passed away.

The incident reportedly began earlier in the afternoon when the younger Badgley returned to the residence and asked one of his two roommates for the nerve medication Klonipin. After his roommate refused to provide the pills, Badgley found the prescription himself and proceeded to ingest 15 of the pills, two at a time before laying on the couch to ‘relax.’ The pills were later discovered to be Tylenol.

Concerned for Badgley’s safety, the two roommates, who also identified themselves as being in separate relationships with Badgley, contacted his parents.

According to Debbie Badgley, she and her husband arrived at the residence to find their son asleep on the couch. After several attempts, they finally woke Badgley and explained that they wanted to take him to the hospital. He reportedly became upset, prompting the elder Badgley to tell his son that he was going to the hospital whether he wanted to or not. A fight between the two ensued.

The pair exchanged fists and shoves before the younger Badgley reportedly entered the kitchen and returned with a knife, ordering his parents to leave his residence before stabbing his father in the chest.

According to Badgley’s interview with police later that evening, he said his father had grabbed him off of the couch and began hitting him and knocked him down. He admitted that his father was likely there because he was concerned about his health. He said his intentions weren’t to stab his father, but claimed his actions were in selfdefense. He said his father had charged at him, but noted that his father was probably going to try to restrain him and get him to the hospital.

An autopsy later identified a single stab wound that entered the victim between two ribs and perforated his heart.

The charges against Thomas W. Badgley carry a possible jail sentence of between 45 and 65 years. During an arraignment held Friday, September 15, Badgley entered a plea of not guilty in the Putnam Superior Court before Judge Charles Bridges. He will return to the courtroom for a pretrial conference on Wednesday, November 28 at 8:30 a.m.

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