Murder Suspect from Hopkinsville Arrested in Vanderburgh Co.

A man wanted in connection to a murder in Hopkinsville was arrested Thursday during a traffic stop in Vanderburgh County, Indiana.

According to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy assigned to the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Joint Drug Task Force stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction around 3:40 p.m. Thursday at South Linwood Avenue and Adams Avenue.

The sheriff’s office reports a passenger in the vehicle, later identified as 27 year old Julius Catlett Jr. of Hopkinsville, gave deputies and Evansville Police Department investigators a false name, date of birth and age. Police say Catlett was unable to provide them the name of friends he said he was visiting, where he was staying, how he got to Evansville, or the names of his parents. Catlett was taken into custody for providing false information to police and transported to the Vanderburgh County Jail.

Once Catlett was booked into the jail and his fingerprints were submitted to the National Crime Information Center, authorities say it was found that Catlett had an active warrant for murder in Hopkinsville as well as a warrant from the U.S. Marshals Service.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office contacted authorities in Hopkinsville and are continuing their investigation into the September 4, 2016 shooting death of 25 year old Shaun Smith of Hopkinsville.


Julius Andre Catlett Jr., 27, of Hopkinsville, KY.  Murder (Warrant), USMS Hold (Probation Violation Warrant), False Informing as a Class A Misdemeanor.

(Photo Couresty of Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff’s Office)


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