Man formally charged with murder of Indiana student

FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — A public funeral will be held Saturday for slain Indiana University student Hannah Wilson at Fishers High School in suburban Indianapolis.

Calling will be held at the high school’s auditorium at 4 p.m., followed by the funeral at the same location at 7 p.m.

A Hamilton Southeastern Schools spokeswoman released a statement Tuesday saying its school community “has lost a promising talent and an even greater person.” Wilson had been a cheerleader at Hamilton Southeastern High School.

Wilson was a senior psychology major at IU and was scheduled to graduate in May.

She was found beaten to death Friday near Lake Lemon in Brown County, about 10 miles northwest of IU’s Bloomington campus. Daniel Messel, 49, of Bloomington has been charged with murder in the case.

Messel made his initial court appearance Monday.

He was formally charged with murder Monday. A judge ordered him held without bond and appointed a public defender for him.

A probable cause affidavit says investigators found blood in Messel’s vehicle and discovered his cellphone next to Wilson’s body. It says she was last seen around 1 a.m. Friday getting into a taxi alone outside a bar in Bloomington after friends determined she was too intoxicated.

Her body was found later that morning in Brown County, about 10 miles from the IU campus. The coroner says she had been struck about four times in the head, crushing her skull.

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