MERRILLVILLE | More than six years after two cousins were shot to death inside a Merrillville apartment, a Westville man has been accused of the murders.
Kenneth Carl Sandidge allegedly bragged about a double homicide, and DNA located at the crime scene is consistent with Sandidge's DNA, court documents show.
The 55-year-old man was charged with two counts of murder in Lake Criminal Court.
Michelle Covington, 47, of Merrillville, and Vincent Currie, 44, of Gary, died of gunshot wounds to their heads.
Their bodies were found by police Jan. 2, 2008, at an apartment in the 5800 block of Grant Street in Merrillville, but it appears the shootings occurred the prior day.
Court documents state there were no indications of forced entry or a struggle prior to the shootings.
A person living in another unit at the apartment complex told police he heard two loud bangs about 1 a.m. Jan. 1, 2008, and he saw someone leave the apartment and flee the area on foot.
A person acquainted with Sandidge told police Sandidge bragged about the double homicide in Merrillville, and the person knew Sandidge killed a male and a female.
When police asked how the person knew that information, the person replied, "because Kenny told me he killed them," court documents state.
Another person who knows Sandidge told police Sandidge would threaten to kill her when he became angry.
"I have done killed two people before," Sandidge allegedly told the person.
DNA obtained from two burnt cigarettes located at the apartment where Covington and Currie were found is consistent with Sandidge's DNA, court documents show.
Police conducted a noncustodial interview with Sandidge shortly after the cousins were found.
During that interview, Sandidge told police he was "partying" with Covington and Currie at the Merrillville apartment. Court documents state Sandidge indicated he left about 1 a.m. Jan. 1, 2008, and he had no knowledge of the murders.
Sandidge is currently in prison in connection to a handgun violation, Merrillville police Detective Joseph Cooper said.
Harlee Currie, Vincent Currie's father, said the past six years "have been painful" for his family.
"Maybe closure is gonna come," Harlee Currie said Thursday.
Merrillville Police Chief Joseph Petruch commended Cooper for remaining committed to the case.
"Cooper did an outstanding job," Petruch said.
Cooper also received assistance from Hobart police Detective Nick Wardrip during the investigation, Petruch said.
The Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force also was involved in the initial investigation of the double homicide.