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Love triangle involving 2 brothers turns deadly

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – A love triangle involving two brothers could be at the center of a murder investigation.

A Terre Haute man stands accused of killing his own brother.

On Monday morning, Mason Crockett appeared before a judge.

A Probable Cause Affidavit details the alleged moments leading up to the deadly sibling rivalry and the moments after.

On Friday afternoon, Vigo County Chief Deputy Moats reported the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office was, “currently working a death investigation.” Moats continued to say they were called to a residence on Estate Road for reports of a white, male suspect down in the yard.

The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office said the victim was Zachery Crockett. Autopsy results show Crockett died from a stab wound to the chest.

According to court documents, deputies received a call from Elizabeth Smith on Friday. Smith was requesting a welfare check be done on her son Zachery Crockett. She stated that Crockett lived at 5350 Estate Road Lot 36.

Smith told deputies she had received a call from her other son, Mason, around 2:30 a.m. on Friday. In that call, Mason reportedly said he got into a fight with his brother Zachery. Mason told his mother he had stabbed Zachery with his pocket-knife ‘until the knife would not go in any further.’

He stated that he stabled him while they were fighting between the trailers. Mason also said Zachery fell to the ground before he left.

Smith stated Mason told her that Zachery was ‘not his brother anymore.’

Detectives believe the motive was jealousy by both men being involved with the same woman.

Officials arrested Mason, 23, after 10 p.m. on Friday. He is being held in the Vigo County Jail without bond on a charge of murder.

The state has 72-hours to file formal charges in the case. Mason is expected back in court on Thursday.