|5/22/2020 8:54:00 AM|
North Vernon Man Arrested for Murder
Jennings County Prosecutor Brian Belding has released charging information for Alan Joseph Marantos, 34, accused of killing and dismembering the body of Brian K. Kirby, 52.
Marantos, who is being held at the Jackson County Jail on other unrelated charges, will face the following in Jennings: murder; robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 2 Felony (L2F); aggravated battery, an L3F; obstruction of justice, possession of meth and abuse of a corpse, L6Fs; intimidation and resisting law enforcement, Class A misdemeanors; and leaving the scene of an accident, a B misdemeanor.
He will be held without bail.
Charges were filed Thursday, but Belding said he withheld information about the charges until after he met with Kirby's family members to discuss his decision.
The investigation began on March 28, 2020 when Kirby's family reported him missing. He was last seen alive on Primshire Court the day before.
Belding credited the "fantastic job of cooperation between various agencies" with developing the case to date. What started out as a missing persons case soon devolved into a case that will go down as one of the most depraved crimes in local history.
"This is not a typical case," he said of the burning and mutilation of the victim's body. "The allegation is awful and my heart goes out to the Kirby family and their friends."
According to the police report, Marantos was at Darleena Engleking's home at 2412 Primshire on the evening of March 27 when some keys came up lost which precipitated an argument between Marantos and Kirby, who was also visiting the home. Kirby allegedly attempted to hit Marantos, but missed. Kirby then went outside and Marantos followed. This was the last time anyone saw Kirby alive.
In the ensuing days, officers interviewed various people who had come into contact with Marantos, including several who heard Marantos say "under his voice...'I think I killed him.'" Others reportedly noticed what looked like blood on the accused's clothing and face later that night and next day.
According to a press release from the Indiana State Police, the lengthy investigation determined that after Marantos attacked Kirby, Marantos then loaded Kirby's body in a vehicle and left the property. Marantos took Kirby's body to another location where Kirby's body was burned. Marantos then took the remains to multiple locations around Jennings County where they were discarded.
Investigators collected evidence, including human remains at numerous locations during the course of the investigation. The Indiana State Police Laboratory recently determined that DNA from the human remains matched the DNA of Brian Kirby.
Marantos has been incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail since April 2, 2020 when he was arrested on a Jackson County warrant for robbery. Manartos and the victim met through a mutual friend. Marantos had given the victim a ride to Seymour from CSL; two agreed to meet later; and when the met again, Marantos assaulted the victim and stole his money.
Marantos is expected to make his first appearance in Jennings Circuit Court on the murder charge sometime within a week for his initial hearing.
Assisting in the investigation were the Jackson County Sheriff's Office; Seymour Police Department; Indiana Conservation Officers; Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office; Indiana National Guard; Jennings County (JC) Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team; JC Swift Water Rescue Team; Indiana Department of Homeland Security; JC EMA; JC Prosecutor's Office; JC Coroner's Office; Jackson County Prosecutor's Office and the University of Indianapolis Human Identification Center
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