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Woman accused of murdering stepdaughter waives right to counsel

GAS CITY, Ind. (WISH) — A woman accused of murdering her stepdaughter will waive her right to counsel and defend herself in court.

Online court records indicate that Amanda Carmack said she will defend herself during an initial hearing on Monday morning.

Carmack is accused of murdering her stepdaughter, 10-year-old Skylea Carmack, by strangling her.

Amanda Carmack is due back on Jan. 8, 2020 for a pretrial conference. A jury trial is currently scheduled for Feb. 3, 2020.

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2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.

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