Three charged in Evansville murder case

Boyfriend of Evansville murder victim talks with 14 News

HENDERSON CO., Ky. (WFIE) - The woman whose body was found near Ellis Park on Sunday has been identified and three other women have been arrested.

According to the Henderson Co. Sheriff’s Office, the victim has been identified as 23-year-old Kimra Miller, of Evansville.

Evansville police say 23-year-old Lakeysha Couto, 31-year-old Ciarra Landfair and 27-year-old Gracie Smith have been arrested in connection with the case. All three are from Evansville and they were booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail early Friday morning.

EPD says they believe Miller died during a fight in the 1600 block of S. Garvin on May 26. They say Couto and Landfair were with Miller before, during, and after the fight. Police say Landfair and Couto blamed each other for Miller’s death.

We’re told Couto and Landfair asked Smith to help them move Miller’s body and in the process police say Landfair admitted to the killing to Smith. The women then dumped Miller’s body in a ditch at the Indiana/Kentucky state line near Ellis Park.

We spoke with Brandon Fields, who tells us he was Miller’s boyfriend and lived with Miller and Landfair.

He says he’s been friends with Landfair for almost 8 years.

“I’ve never seen her get aggressive or anything. I mean people don’t come with an instruction manual or a book or anything but I feel bad because I didn’t see it and that was my friend” said Fields.

Fields says he’s been dating Miller since January, and that he is shocked that this could happen to such a kind person.

“I can’t wrap my mind around it. I try to come at it from every different angle, trying to see from different points of views. There’s no explanation for it that I know of. I can’t come up with anything. It’s like a unicorn” said Fields.

The Henderson Co. Sheriff’s Office initially led the investigation until Thursday afternoon when Henderson County and EPD investigators determined Miller’s death happened in Evansville. EPD then took over the case.

Couto and Landfair are facing murder and obstruction of justice charges. Smith is charged with assisting a criminal and obstruction of justice.

We’ll keep you updated.

Left to right: Lakeysha Couto, 27, Ciarra Landfair, 31, Gracie Smith, 23. (Source: Vanderburgh Co. Jail)
Left to right: Lakeysha Couto, 27, Ciarra Landfair, 31, Gracie Smith, 23. (Source: Vanderburgh Co. Jail) (Source: Vanderburgh Co. Jail)

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