Austin man charged in killing; Suspect held for murder in disappearance of Scott County resident


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A 39-year-old Scott County man was formally charged with murder in connection with a body found Nov. 20 in a vacant building in Austin.

Robert L. Riley Jr. appeared for an initial hearing Tuesday. He is charged with one count of murder, one count of felony murder, two counts of robbery, one count of removal of a body from a suspected crime scene and one count of obstruction of justice, according to court records.

Riley is accused of killing Paul Graupe, 50, of Austin in November 2009, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed Tuesday in Scott Circuit Court. Police said Riley told investigators last week that he had stabbed Graupe and hid his body.

Filing the two murder charges allows jurors options to consider how a crime took place.

Riley’s arrest stems from an investigation by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department that began Nov. 20. That’s when police, acting on a tip, found the remains that Sheriff Dan McClain later said he believes are of Graupe, a former Crothersville resident who went missing Nov. 24, 2009.

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