Evansville man arrested, charged in double murder

EPD: Appears to be domestic violence related

Evansville man arrested, charged in double murder

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The names of the suspect and victims in the double homicide on Evansville’s south side have been released.

The coroner says the victims have been identified as 43-year-old Donte Meriwether and 43-year-old Satanna Kendle-Douglas. According to the coroner, the autopsy concluded both of the victims died from multiple stab wounds.

Police say the suspect, 46-year-old Ernest Lee Douglas, of Evansville, is facing two murder charges.

An EPD sergeant tells us officials got a call for a welfare check there around 7 Monday night. Meriwether and Kendle-Douglas were found dead inside the home in the 1900 block of Plantation Ct.

Ernest Douglas. (Source: Vanderburgh Co. Jail.)
Ernest Douglas. (Source: Vanderburgh Co. Jail.)

According to EPD, Meriwether and Satanna Douglas had previously been married.

EPD says Ernest Douglas was married to Satanna at the time of her death.

They say Satanna had prior issues with Ernest that led to him being barred from the Plantation Ct. home in June. During that incident, there was reportedly a fight between Ernest and Donte Meriwether.

In another incident on July 29, a trespassing in progress call was made alleging Ernest was at the home, according to the Evansville Police Department.

Police say the deaths appear to be domestic violence-related.

The investigation is ongoing, but EPD says they are not looking for any additional suspects at this time.

An autopsy was scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Based on the condition of the bodies, police believe the victims had been there for several days.

According to court documents, detectives spoke with two neighbors who both recalled seeing a man who matched Ernest’s description enter the apartment last Wednesday.

They told investigators that when the man left the apartment, he had blood on him and quickly left in a gray SUV.

Detectives learned that Douglas drives a gray Mitsubishi Outlander which matched their descriptions. They say they later found the presence of human blood on the driver’s side of Douglas’s vehicle, helping to lead to his arrest.

We’ll update you once more information is available.

Douglas is being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail without bond.

We’ll keep you updated.

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