Attorney Hopeful For Poppelwell Plea Deal; Does Not Expect Death Penalty (VIDEO)

Jasper (NNDC) – A deadline for a plea agreement has come and gone in the case of Kyle Poppelwell.

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The 25-year old Ferdinand man is facing a possible death sentence after he was charged this past January for killing 37-year old Jeffrey Perry at Perry’s home just outside St. Henry.

Poppelwell is also charged with two Level One felony counts of rape for raping a woman was at the home at the time of Perry’s murder.

Dubois Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Quinn says the he and Poppelwell’s attorney Steve Ripstra of Jasper have been discussing a possible plea deal for some time now but both attorneys say last week’s court-set date for reaching a deal has come and gone. Today, both are not saying if they are close to reaching one by this Thursday.

If a plea agreement cannot be reached, Quinn is expected to file what is called a sentencing enhancement motion that will tell the court if his office will formally seek the death penalty for Poppelwell if he’s found guilty of murder or life without the possibility of parole.

Ripstra says expects Quinn won’t ask for the death penalty…(Steve Ripstra on camera)

If Quinn does ask for the death penalty, it would be the first capital murder case tried in Dubois County. There have been only two murder trials here, one a local case; the other from Orange County.

Ripstra has already filed for a continuance to move back Poppelwell’s trial date of November 14th.

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