News and Tribune

December 5, 2012

Suspects in fatal stabbing arrested

By BRADEN LAMMERS
braden.lammers@newsandtribune.com

JEFFERSONVILLE — Two suspects wanted in connection with the stabbing death of a Jeffersonville man have been arrested and booked into Clark County Jail.

Jeffersonville Police Officers spotted James L. Washington, 35, and Dana R. Eisenback, 25, at Thorton’s gas station at 10th Street and Allison Lane at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, where they were taken into custody.

Police had been searching for the suspects since Monday, who were wanted for questioning in the stabbing death of 55-year-old Robert Eader.

Police responded to the 300 block of Spring Street at about 4:30 a.m. Monday morning after Eader’s next door neighbor heard calls for help. When police arrived at the apartment located above The Locker Room screen printing business they saw signs of a “violent assault” and discovered Eader dead from multiple stab wounds.

According to JPD Detective Todd Hollis, Washington and Eisenback had a relationship with Eader for a couple of weeks and were dealing him cocaine. On the night he was killed, the pair went to his apartment to sell him drugs. When the transaction occurred Washington attempted to steal the money Eader was holding and they got into a physical confrontation.

Hollis said Eader was stabbed at least three times, with a penetrating stab wound to the chest and two slashes to his throat.

Immediately after the murder the pair fled the city and went to Poplar Bluff, Mo. where Eisenback has connections, he said.

Hollis added that according to Washington and Eisenback when they heard they were being sought in connection with the crime they made the decision to turn themselves in. Before they had the chance to turn surrender they were spotted by JPD placed in custody. Subsequently, they both confessed to the crime.

Both Washington and Eisenback were booked into the Clark County Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex Wednesday.

Washington has been charged with murder, robbery, a class A felony, dealing in cocaine, a class B felony and conspiracy to deal cocaine, a class B felony.

He faces a maximum of up to 155 years in prison.

Eisenback was charged with dealing in cocaine, a class B felony, conspiracy to deal cocaine, a class B felony and assisting a criminal, a class C felony.

She faces a maximum of up to 48 years in prison.