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Indiana man guilty of killing his girlfriend and dumping her body in the Ohio River


CORYDON, Indiana — A southern Indiana man has been convicted of strangling his girlfriend and dumping her body in the Ohio River last summer.

A jury found Clair Chaplin, 61, of New Albany guilty of murder Wednesday in the killing of 35-year-old Geneieve Ann Rogge, the News and Tribune ( ) reported. Her body was found floating in the river outside of Mauckport by a passerby.

A probable cause affidavit said Chaplin and Rogge were in a relationship, and that he may have been jealous she was spending time with another man. The case was tried in Harrison County, where Rogge's body was found.

Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk previously told the newspaper that Rogge's body was believed to have been found roughly four hours after it was put in the river. He said there wasn't evidence that anyone else was involved in her killing or the dumping of her body.

Chaplin has been held in the Harrison County Jail in Corydon since his arrest. A jury trial took place on Jan. 11, according to online court records. He's scheduled to be sentenced March 21, and he faces 45 to 65 years in prison.

Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Indiana,

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