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Prosecutor says woman’s death was murder
Husband and drug dealer charged with Murder

Wanda English Burnett

An unprecedented Murder charge has been filed in Ripley County against two Batesville men after police investigated an overdose death that occurred in July 2017. Prosecutor Ric Hertel held a press conference November 8 at the Batesville Memorial Building concerning the charges and outlining the case.
Nathaniel Walmsley, 36 and James Alvin Trimnell, 38, both of Batesville, were taken into custody Tuesday, Nov. 7 without incident by the Batesville Police Department and Special Crimes Unit out of Dearborn County. They were taken to the Ripley County Jail awaiting their initial hearings.

Nathanial WalmsleyJames TrimnellPictured from left are Nathaniel Walmsley and James Trimnell.

The arrests came after Detective Blake Roope, Batesville Police, investigated the death of Rachel Walmsley, who was taken to Margaret Mary Hospital with an apparent drug overdose on July 30. According to information in the Affidavit for Probable Cause, Mr. Walmsley said he injected his wife and himself with drugs at their residence in Batesville earlier that day (July 30). The defendant said he and his family were spending the day at home having a barbeque. He told police his mother and father came to their home around 5 p.m. that day.

Walmsley went on to say that he and his wife, Rachel, went upstairs to use some heroin that he had purchased from a friend (James Trimnell). He said his parents nor the four children in the home saw the two go upstairs. He then proceeded to say he warmed up the heroin and “shot” Rachel up in her left arm, and then “shot” himself up. Then they came back downstairs and smoked a cigarette.

Some time later in the evening Mr. Walmsley said he found his wife lying on her side in the bathroom. He told Sgt. Danny Hamilton that she seemed passed out, had a weak pulse, and shallow breathing. He said he and his son carried Rachel to bed. He said his parents did not see them do this. Eventually she was taken by her husband and son to the hospital.

Mr. Walmsley’s mother, Leigh Walmsley told police when she arrived at the house on July 30 and that Rachel was taking a nap as far as she knew. She said later in the evening her son and grandson loaded Rachel in the car and took her to the hospital. She said, “She didn’t seem awake.” Police were able to interview the Walmsley’s 15-year-old son who said his father and mother had gotten into the shower about 4:40 p.m. that day.

Hospice helps patients and families focus on quality of life

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Reminds the Community that “It’s about how you live!”

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospice and palliative care programs across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about hospice and palliative care. Hospice is not a place but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Palliative care brings this holistic model of care to people earlier in the course of a serious illness.

“Every year, nearly 1.4 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospices in this country,” said Edo Banach, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “Our Hospice has served our communities for 37 years and we are privileged to walk alongside our patients and families during this part of their journey,” said Laura Hurt, Our Hospice of South Central Indiana President. “Our mission is To Make Every Moment Count, and we encourage people to contact Our Hospice as soon as possible to allow us to encircle the family and patient with symptom management and supportive care for the whole family.”

Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing a serious illness or the end of life.

Our Hospice Nurse, Amy Dager, noted, “People often comment that it must be a very difficult job to take care of people at the end of their life. I respond that I am honored to bring specialized care and support to my patients and their families as we walk this journey together. I love my job, and my patients.”

Throughout the month of November, Our Hospice of South Central Indiana will be joining organizations across the nation to help our communities understand how important hospice and palliative care can be. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook at Our Hospice to learn more about hospice care and how we can help.

More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available from Our Referral Specialists at 812-314-8083.

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