Gary man pleads guilty to 2011 murder
By Ruth Ann Krause Post-Tribune correspondent July 31, 2013 3:48PM
Cadereo Jester. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 3, 2013 7:08AM
A Gary man who was linked to a 2011 homicide by a DNA database hit has pleaded guilty to murder in exchange for a 45-year prison sentence.
Cadereo Eugene Jester, 26, admitted he killed Christine Arnold following a dispute on July 18, 2011, in the 300 block of Hovey Street in Gary. Jester then disposed of Arnold’s body and car in the Ivanhoe Nature Conservancy near 4th Avenue and Hamlin Street in Gary.
Arnold, 23, died from traumatic head injuries caused by blunt force trauma and a fracture of the cervical spine that occurred through strangulation, the probable cause affidavit states. She had a stab wound on her left arm and multiple bruises and scrapes over her extremities.
Lake County police evidence technicians collected a piece of glass with an unknown substance from the driver’s side floor board of the red Mercedes Benz 300E that was found on the Nature Conservancy property. The car, which had crashed through a fence, had the driver’s side door open and the engine running when police arrived.
An Indiana State Police lab forensic scientist analyzed the sample from the glass and ran it through the DNA database, where a hit returned to Jester as a possible DNA contributor.
Jester confessed to investigators with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources that he had killed Arnold, the probable cause affidavit states. Jester admitted to investigators that he dealt drugs in Michigan City and knew Arnold, who he said owed him $65. He said he and Arnold went to an abandoned home on Hovey Street in Gary, where they fought for about 20 minutes. He admitted to stabbing Arnold with a piece of glass before he put her in her car, drove from the Hovey Street address and crashed the car through a gate, court records state.
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez scheduled a Sept. 6 sentencing hearing. Jester’s plea agreement outlines the minimum sentence for the murder charge.