On August 29, 2023, a Boone County Jury found Chad Michael Grimball, age 42, of Thorntown guilty of three counts of murder following a seven-day jury trial in Boone Circuit Court presided over by Judge Bruce Petit. Grimball was convicted of the following charges:
Count I: Murder
Count II: Murder
Count III: Murder
Counts IV: Carrying a Handgun without a License, an A Misdemeanor
The charges stem from a shooting committed by Grimball on 9/8/2021. Evidence presented at trial showed how Grimball shot Grace Bishop, Brannon Martin, and Larry Stogsdill execution style at the E. Walnut Street apartment in Lebanon. After committing the murders, Grimball then left the Lebanon area and purposefully disposed of the handgun and the clothes he was wearing. Forensic evidence and testimony conclusively linked Grimball to the crime scene and the weapon used to commit the killings.
After a thorough investigation, Grimball was charged in December of 2022. Grimball is currently serving a sentence for an unrelated felony case, which was committed in November of 2020 – prior to the murders. In April of 2021, a Boone County Jury convicted Grimball of Intimidation a Level 6 felony, Domestic Battery a Class A Misdemeanor, Battery, a Class A
Misdemeanor, Resisting Law Enforcement a Level 6 Felony and Resisting Law Enforcement a Class A Misdemeanor.
The Trial Team was led by Major Felony Deputy Prosecutor TK Morris, Drug Task Force Prosecutor Conrad Schrock, Deputy Prosecutor Lindsay Adams, Paralegal Tracey Christner, Victim Advocate Carla Leathers, and Lebanon Police Detective Eric Adams.
After the verdict, Major Felony Prosecutor TK Morris stated: “Our hearts are with the families of Grace, Brannon, and Larry. We are grateful to the Jury for their service and their thoughtful verdict. We hope this verdict can help the families and our community heal.”
When asked to comment on the verdict, Prosecutor Eastwood stated: “The investigative and trial teams worked tirelessly since that tragic night in September of 2021. This verdict is a testament to their unwavering commitment to ensure that justice be served for the victims, their families, and our community of this evil act.”
The sentencing hearing is set for September 26, 2023, in Boone Circuit Court.