Affidavit Reveals New Details in Mt. Vernon Double-Murder Investigation

Austin Kusturin - (Indiana State Police)

New information has surfaced been released on a double-murder investigation out of Posey County, Indiana.

Posted: Nov 15, 2021 4:06 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2021 4:09 PM

An arrest affidavit for 28-year-old Austin Kusturin that was released by the Posey County Prosecutor's Office on Monday reveals new information in a double-murder investigation out of Mt. Vernon, Indiana.

Back on Nov. 6, we reported that married couple John Hall and Elizabeth Hall had been found dead in their Mt. Vernon home by a family member.

The affidavit filed on Monday says that Elizabeth was found in a downstairs bedroom with an apparent wound to the chest. It says that John was found in a bed upstairs, covered by a blanket up to his head. Authorities say that both Elizabeth and John's wallets and phones were missing from the house.

While authorities were investigating, they say that they spoke to the Halls' neighbors, who told them that they had seen a young man in the alley between their homes around 11:30 p.m. on the night before the Halls were found dead by their daughter.

One of the neighbors said he was driving into the alley from his driveway when he saw a strange dressed in black clothes and asked him what he was doing, also telling him to leave the area.

After the stranger left the area, authorities say that the neighbor found a pin consistent with what was used to secure the backyard gate at the Halls' house, as well as an ammunition magazine for a rifle. Both items were taken in as evidence.

As the investigation continued, the affidavit says crime scene investigators saw signs of forced entry through the back door of the Hall residence, and that both Elizabeth and John suffered what appeared to be fatal gunshot wounds.

By tracking the location of the Halls' cellphones and checking security camera footage from locations around Posey County, the affidavit states that Kusturin was developed as a suspect.

Leading up to his arrest, authorities say that Kusturin's fingerprint was also found on John's phone. They said that a rifle that was purchased by John was also found in a storage unit shared by Kusturin and his mother.

Kusturin was arrested and booked into the Posey County Jail

During his first court appearance on Monday morning, his bond was set at $1 million cash. He's facing two counts of Murder plus a burglary charge, a robbery charge, and Unlawful Possession of a  Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon.

Kusturin will have another court hearing on Tuesday via video call.

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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