Authorities say C. Ind. man dumped in coal car

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NEWBURGH, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a central Indiana man was shot once in the head before his body was loaded into a coal car that went to an Alcoa aluminum plant along the Ohio River.

The Warrick County prosecutor has filed murder charges against two men and a woman in the death of 35-year-old Joseph Nelson of Martinsville. His body was found Feb. 17 by workers in the coal-handling system of the power plant at Alcoa’s Warrick Operations just east of Evansville.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports the woman told investigators she was at an Evansville motel early that morning when Nelson made her uncomfortable and she called the other men. Court documents say they all drove to a rural site in Warrick County where Nelson was shot. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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