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According to officials, first responders found 37-year-old Ray Rose with a gunshot wound to the head.

Posted: Sep 19, 2018 3:20 PM
Updated: Sep 19, 2018 10:35 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - We have new information as police release more details involving a homicide on 18th and Wabash Avenue.

We now know Clarence Bell, Jr. is facing charges of murder and obstruction of justice.

He is currently in the Vigo County Jail without bond.

He's due in court on Thursday morning.

Terre Haute Police say he's behind the death of 37-year-old Ray G. Rose. Police say Rose did not have a permanent address, though he does have family from the Terre Haute area.

Autopsy results revealed Rose was shot in the head.

Officials confirmed the victim's identity in a press conference on Wednesday.

Police say a criminal mischief report was filed shortly before Rose's body was discovered. Police say detectives found this out after returning to 18th and Wabash to look for the suspect.

Assistant Chief Shawn Keen said it was reported that a man matching Rose's description damaged a parked vehicle on South 16th Street.

A witness reported the man took off east into an alley, toward the scene at 18th and Wabash.

Officials said the witness notified Bell that it was his car that was damaged, as well as the direction where the man took off to.

Police say that led to them getting a warrant to search Bell's home. 

"After executing a search warrant for video surveillance and based on the totality of the circumstances...detectives worked with the Vigo County Prosecutor's Office in applying for an arrest warrant...and that warrant was for Clarence Bell on a charge of murder," Keen said.

The prosecutor's office confirmed Bell was arrested earlier in the day on Wednesday, which is one week from the date of the homicide.

Keen said delays in obtaining surveillance video took them about five days.

"In our area, some of the businesses have corporate offices that are many states away," Keen said, "So attempting to execute search warrants or subpoenas in other states delays the delivery the video. That's what happened in this case."

Police do not believe there was a threat to the public in this investigation. 

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