Charges announced in murder of woman found in wooden chest

James Wade Jr. (Provided Photo)
James Wade Jr. (Provided Photo)

LAWRENCE, Ind. (WISH) – Charges were announced on Thursday in the March 23 Lawrence murder of a woman whose body was found in a wooden chest.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced that James Wade Jr. has been charged with murder for the death of Jazmine Trammell. Wade was arrested this week in connection with the crime.

Trammell’s body was found on March 23 inside of a wooden chest in the Maison Gardens Apartment complex by employees of the apartment complex.

According to court documents, Trammell died from multiple stab wounds. Wade was identified as the suspect when his phone number was identified as one of the last numbers with whom Trammell communicated on the morning she went missing.

Police say Wade was a resident of the Maison Gardens Apartment complex and lived near the location where the wooden chest was found. A blood sample from inside of his apartment matched Trammell’s.

Wade appeared for an initial hearing on Thursday. A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered. A pre-trial conference is set for May 27. 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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