Charges filedMarshall County Prosecutor, Nelson Chipman, announced today the unsealing of an Indictment issued by a Grand Jury against Donna Howell. Howell, 75, with a Plymouth address, was indicted on three counts for Theft exceeding $50,000, a level five felony; Exploitation of an Endangered Adult, a level six felony; and Theft exceeding $750, a level five felony.
The charges relate to the end of life of Marvin L. Hummel, Jr., who passed away on June 27, 2018. It is alleged that Marvin L. Hummel, Jr. was an endangered adult, and that Howell exerted unauthorized control over a substantial amount of his assets. This conduct is the alleged basis for counts I and II of the indictment. The third count of theft includes the allegation that on July 10, 2018, days after Hummel’s death, Howell exerted unauthorized control over additional money of Hummel, allegedly exceeding $750 but less than $50,000.
The matter was investigated by the Indiana State Police after Hummel’s heir contacted law enforcement regarding the missing funds. An initial hearing is scheduled on June 30, 2020, in Marshall County Superior Court No. 1.
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