Court documents allege suspect asked who the sheriff was before making threats

COLUMBUS, Ind. — A local man accused of attacking and injuring the Bartholomew County Sheriff didn’t even know who the sheriff was before making threats on his life.

Seconds after being told that Matt Myers was sheriff, Justin C. Eddelman told one of Myers’ employees that “I hate him. I cannot be face-to-face with him, I’m going to wring his neck like a chicken,” court documents charging Eddelman state.

Those details are in a probable cause affidavit filed by Sheriff’s Detective Dane Duke against Eddelman, 32, who is accused of threatening and injuring Myers in the lobby of the Bartholomew County Jail on June 15.

Eddelman has been formally charged with battery with bodily injury to a public safety officer, a Level 5 felony, as well as two Level 6 felonies, resisting arrest and intimidation. If found guilty of all three counts, Eddelman, of 918 Lafayette Ave., could be sentenced to as many as 11 years in prison.

The defendant is scheduled for an initial hearing at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday before Circuit Court Judge Kelly Benjamin. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the matter will likely be conducted through a video conference between the jail and Benjamin’s courtroom.