Michael Plumadore, 39, has been formally charged with the murder of Aliahna Lemmon, a 9-year-old Indiana girl. Described as a “trusted family friend”, Plumadore confessed to police that he bludgeoned to death the girl to death then dismembered her just a few days before Christmas while she was in his care.
In addition to the murder charge, Plumadore was also charged with abuse of a corpse and removing a dead body from the scene.
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Chief investigator Danielle Edenfield of the Allen County prosecutor’s office said the charges will be read to Plumadore in jail (he is currently being held without bond). There will be an initial court hearing on the formal charges on Wednesday.
Edenfield declined to comment on a possible motive prior to the case going to trial.
Allen County Coroner E. Jon Brandenberger has said he needs to complete further tests before he can determine the cause of death.
The investigation is continuing, according to the prosecutor’s office. According to a news release, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office has not ruled out the filing of additional charges.
A murder conviction in Indiana carries a standard prison sentence of 45 years to 65 years. Each of the other charges each carry three year maximum prison sentences.
According to Allen County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Mike McAlexander, his office has not dismissed the possibility of seeking the death penalty for Plumadore.
Plumadore’s criminal record in Florida and North Carolina includes convictions for trespassing and assault, and he has an Indiana conviction for forgery.