WABASH, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Monday marked the fourth day of testimony and evidence presented to a Wabash County grand jury in the death of 36-year-old Lisa Pattison. Late in the afternoon, word filtered out that the victim's husband, 39-year-old Scott Pattison, had been indicted on the most serious charge under Indiana law.
Wabash County Prosecutor Bill Hartley said, “Scott Pattison has been charged by an indictment with murder. He was arrested 45 minutes ago.”
When asked if he had anything to say, Scott Pattison said, “I'm not guilty.”
Wabash County officers drove immediately to Scott Pattison's mother's home in Swayzee over in Grant County, to take him into custody.
He's currently in the Wabash County Jail.
Scott Pattison told authorities he returned to the couple's home in LaFontaine on July 2nd and found Lisa Pattison lying unresponsive on a weight bench with a barbell across her throat. Weight room equipment removed from the judicial annex around noon is presumably evidence that was shown to the grand jurors.
Lucy Rich, Lisa Pattison's Mother says, “The Young family supports the decision made by the grand jury. We are grateful that we have the opportunity to continue to find the answers to our questions and to seek justice for Lisa."
Pattison faces an initial hearing on the murder charge Tuesday. Prosecutor Bill Hartley Junior says he will request no bond in the case.
Pattison's lawyer, Shane Beal, says Scott maintains his innocence, that he had no involvement in any wrongdoing and that our side will prepare an appropriate defense in light of that.
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