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Alleged Body Mover Rejected by Judge

Thursday, December 06, 2012 12:23 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A Westville man accused of moving the body of a heroin overdose victim

had his plea agreement on Wednesday rejected.

The judge was especially upset that Joshua Bendix while out on bond

for this offense was arrested for another crime.

In October, Bendix agreed to a 20 day sentence in the La Porte County Jail

along with 45 days of home detention and 390 days probation for Class D felony possession

of a controlled substance and Class A misdemeanor failure to notify authorities.

In early December of 2011, police located a vehicle containing the body of

25 year old Scott Murray in the 10-thousand block of W. 350 South.

According to court records, the investigation shows Murray showed up at the

Bendix residence at New Durham Estates the previous night under the influence of narcotics

and kept passing out.

Joshua and his father, 53 year old Patrick Bendix along with Anthony Burroughs kept

checking on him during the night as he slept in a back bedroom.

At some point, Murray died and the three men allegedly carried the body rolled in a

blanket into a vehicle.

Police said Joshua drove the vehicle containing the body to where it was located.

Burroughs told investigators authorities were not contacted about the death because

Joshua was afraid of getting into trouble because of ''all of the drugs in the residence,''

according to court documents.