Three arrests made in murder of man found near Ellis Park

Three arrests made in murder of man found near Ellis Park
Zachery Hunter (Source: Vanderburgh Co. Jail)
Carolyn Michelle Butler, 46. (Vanderburgh Co. Jail)
Carolyn Michelle Butler, 46. (Vanderburgh Co. Jail)
Leroy Hunter (Source: Oklahoma Co. Jail)
Leroy Hunter (Source: Oklahoma Co. Jail)

HENDERSON CO., KY (WFIE) - Three arrests have been made in connection with the murder of Donald Freels, whose body was found near Ellis Park in the fall.

Evansville police say 23-year-old Zachery Hunter was arrested Tuesday on a murder warrant.

Leroy Hunter has been taken into custody in Oklahoma City.

Freels was found dead  back in November. Investigators believe Freels was shot during a drug deal in the 1100 block of N. 2nd Ave. in Evansville.

Monday night, police arrested the first suspect in the case, 46-year-old Carolyn Michelle Butler. According to the Vanderburgh Co. Jail website, Butler was booked into jail early Tuesday morning on a murder charge.

Police say they believe both Hunters and Butler were together when they met Freels.

14 News has obtained the probable cause affidavit for Butler. It says Freels was shot seven times with two different calibers of bullets.

The affidavit says Freels' phone was found underneath the Twin Bridges, which led them to Butler. It says her number had been the most recent call, and had been the number connected to several calls and texts made the night before Freels' body was found.

The affidavit says Butler eventually admitted to being involved in a drug deal and seeing both Hunters shoot Freels. She says the men loaded Freels into her car, and had her drive to Ellis Park to dump the body.

She says they "dumped him like trash" and  checked his pockets for money.

She says her car has been parked in a garage since the murder, and her clothes were still in her apartment.

She says the clothes Leroy was wearing were hidden under the floor of another apartment.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call EPD or WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME.

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