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February 21, 2014

Anderson man held in female acquaintance's death

Male acquaintance had just been released from jail

ANDERSON — An Anderson woman is dead, and police are questioning a man who was released from the Madison County Jail Tuesday after being charged with attacking the woman earlier this month.

Authorities are treating the Thursday death of Julie Kappeler, 42, as a probable homicide. Kappeler was pronounced dead at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital about 4:50 p.m., said Madison County Coroner Marian Dunnichay.

"She had some unusual markings and wounds on the body that lead us to believe that she did not die of natural causes," Dunnichay said.

It was not immediately clear when Kappeler suffered her injuries that were noted by the coroner.

An autopsy is scheduled Saturday at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, she said.

According to Anderson police — and recent posts on Kappeler's Facebook page — she was acquainted with Gerveice Eugene Hopkins Jr., 40, of Anderson.

"They knew each other and had a past history," Anderson police spokesman Detective Joel Sandefur confirmed.

On Feb. 7, Hopkins was charged with Class A misdemeanor battery against Kappeler, Sandefur said. Hopkins was also charged with contempt of court and violation of probation, according to Madison County Jail records, and was ordered held for 10 days.

On Tuesday, Hopkins was released from jail, records show. By late Thursday, he was back in custody charged with Class A misdemeanor invasion of privacy and ordered held on a $100,000 cash bond.

"He is being held for questioning in this death investigation," Sandefur said. "We're going to follow the evidence, look at the autopsy results and take the appropriate action."

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