Saturday, March 6, 2010

Perry Township Constable Roy Houchins Found Dead

The Star reports:
Perry Township Constable Roy Houchins, 70, was found dead in the parking lot of a Southside restaurant shortly before noon today.

Police do not suspect foul play, said Lt. Jeffrey Duhamell of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

“He had his keys and cell phone in his hand,” Duhamell said. “There was not sign of trauma to his body except for where he had hit his head when he fell.”

Bystanders flagged down a police officer at 11:38 a.m. outside LJ's Pub & Eatery, 3652 S. Meridian Street, police said, to report finding Houchins unresponsive. Medics from the Indianapolis Fire Department later arrived and pronounced Houchins dead.

An autopsy is planned for Monday, Duhamell said.

At the time of his death, Houchins was awaiting trial on racketeering charges in state court related to a separate accusation. In June 2008, he was charged with corrupt business influence and two counts of conspiracy to commit theft over his role in a plan to retrieve a former employee's valuable guns from Indianapolis police.
I am not sure why they would do an autopsy. Autopsies on 70 year old men who appear to have died by natural causes are not the norm. Probably, given the charges hanging over Houchins head and his being in a position to "rat out" other people, they just want to be safe.


Flipper said...

Paul, Dead people can not testify.

varangianguard said...

Amazingly enough, the IMPD doesn't seem interested in at least asking if anyone was seen with him, or if he had been in the restaurant with someone, or have a look in his car, or well - anything.

As usual. Great police work. Take what it appears to be, and go with it. Or at least according to Lt. Duhamell.

Good thing the IMPD doesn't "protect" Dubai. Recently, some foreigner would have just died in his sleep. Nothing to see. Move along.

Hoosier in the Heartland said...

"Nothing to see. Move along."

Which is probably the CYA reason for the autopsy!

Paul K. Ogden said...

It does make you wonder. Houchins was probably in a position to blow open corruption in the Sheriff's Department and IMPD. And now he can't.

Leesa said...


I have to say it strongly makes me wonder especially given the timingn of Plowman's departure.

70 year old men today are vibrant and healthy, not like the old days when you died at 70. My almost 100 year old grandfather is ticking away even after two heart surgeries.

I'd like to know if perhaps Houchins was poisoned or something amiss is in his body.

Bill said...

I have a feeling that Tom John and Carmel David Brooks are sleeping a lot better now. This little problem is out of the way,but what are thy going to do about their little buddies Brizzi and Plowman.

Roy was just good old Roy.Brizzi Tom John and Carmel David Brooks were students of Roy.He taught them well .Just an outsiders opinion of course.

Marycatherine Barton said...

I am suspicious about the cause of Houchins death, and its timing. Being seventy yrs young myself, (that is as of May 20), I have good reasons to agree with Leesa. Let us just hope that his autopsy is done well.

Jake said...

Roy spent that last morning doing charity work, helping to get some furniture moved. The local police called the Feds, who took the body and would not allow the family access it until after the autopsy, which was supposed to happen today (Monday). I knew Roy. He was not a bad man, and he performed his duties in good faith. Always ready to lend a hand, in any way that he could, for anyone. He befriended Publicans and sinners, and his door was open to all. He believed in second chances. He was seventy years old and we worked very long days, then his phone would ring in the middle of the night.

Because he was under investigation he could not talk about the events surrounding these charges, and yet everyone else could.

A trial would have been a good thing for him, because as it is now those accusations follow him to his grave; that story will not be told.

american patriot said...

Why would Marco Andretti's personal assistant need an official police department parking pass signed by the Perry Township constable?

What kind of official business do you think this 20 something girl did for public safety or law enforcement? How many police departments can afford BMW sedans with aero packages and custom wheels?