Gary man admits fatal stabbing of LaPorte woman
by Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3258 January 17, 2013 3:48PM
Cadereo Jester. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 19, 2013 3:08PM
GARY — An admitted drug dealer told investigators he fought and stabbed Christine Arnold during an argument last year because she owed him $65. Arnold’s body was found July 18 inside Ivanhoe Nature Conservancy in Gary’s Brunswick neighborhood.
Cadereo E. Jester, 26, of 1053 Polk St., is charged with murder and is being held without bail.
Jester told Indiana Department of Natural Resources Sgt. Brian Kaser he knew Arnold, 23, of LaPorte County. On the day she died, Jester said they met in the 400 block of Hamlin Street “and fought for about 20 minutes. He admitted to stabbing the victim ... with a piece of glass,” the probable cause affidavit states.
Investigators found glass in the victim’s car, where Jester said he left her body. A DNA test matched evidence on the glass to Jester, the affidavit states. She also had been beaten and strangled, the autopsy showed.
Arnold was the daughter of LaPorte area businessman Ed Arnold.