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UPDATED: Linton man being held in Sullivan County murder case

Monday, June 22, 2009

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Indiana State Police photo GOING TO JAIL: Indiana State Police Det. Paul Suding (Bloomington Post), suspect Gregory Hale, and ISP Det. Tom Hanks (Terre Haute Post) arrive at the Sullivan County Jail on Monday morning. Hale, of Linton, has been arrested in the death of 34-year-old Jennifer Peak, of Paxton. She was found dead Monday morning.
A Linton man is behind bars after allegedly admitting to being involved in the murder of a 34-year-old Paxton woman early Monday.

Gregory L. Hale, 34, faces one count of murder, a class A felony, in connection of the death of Jennifer Peak, 34, of rural Sullivan County.

At approximately 1 a.m. on Monday, Sullivan County Sheriff's deputies were sent to check on the welfare of Jennifer Peak -- who resided at 1837 East County Road 500 South, in Paxton, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Joseph L. Watts.

Upon arrival, deputies found the interior of the trailer full of smoke and Peak was found dead in rear bedroom of the trailer while firefighters were on scene.

According to Sgt. Watts, shortly before 1 a.m., Greene County Sheriff's deputies and a trooper from the Indiana State Police post in Bloomington were summoned to a rural Linton residence for a disturbance involving Gregory L. Hale.

Hale, an acquaintance of the residents, had allegedly made statements concerning his involvement in the death of Peak.

As the officers arrived at the rural Greene County home, the suspect allegedly became aggressive toward a sheriff's deputy and was subdued with a Taser.

Hale was then transported to Greene County General Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries he sustained during his arrest and some that were self-inflicted prior to the arrival of the trooper and deputy.

He was then transported to the Sullivan County Jail by Indiana State Police detectives from the Bloomington post.

Hale is currently being held without bond.

According to Sgt. Watts, Hale is believed to have driven from the murder scene in the victim's red, Ford, F150, pickup. However, the truck was found burned in a remote area near the Greene-Sullivan State Forest south of Bucktown.

Monday afternoon, ISP released preliminary autopsy results.

"Late this afternoon, an autopsy was performed by Pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr at Terre Haute Regional Hospital. The preliminary results of the autopsy revealed the cause of death for Jennifer Peak is consistent with strangulation. A complete autopsy report will be available in approximately four weeks as toxicology and other tests are pending," Watts stated in a prepared news release.

Hale and Peak were allegedly involved in a prior relationship, but not currently residing together, the ISP report states.

No other suspects are believed to be involved and no additional arrests are expected.

The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Indiana State Police Det. Tom Hanks is the lead investigator. He was assisted by ISP detectives from the Terre Haute and Bloomington posts, Sullivan and Greene County Sheriff's offices, Linton and Jasonville Police Departments, Sullivan County Prosecutor's Office, Sullivan County Coroner's Officer, Indiana Department of Homeland Security (fire investigations), fire departments from Carlisle-Haddon Township, Jefferson Township, and Sullivan City.

Assistant Editor Nick Schneider contributed to this report.


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i hope this man is locked away forever. this makes me sick to my stomach.

-- Posted by tb on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 6:14 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Especially her two kids.

-- Posted by MinerChic on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 6:44 PM

A terrible crime.My sympathies to the family. But i gotta tell you, everyone is saying how much riffraff we have in Jasonville, wow, look at Linton. They are in the running for first.

-- Posted by dennisb1953 on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 5:34 AM

dennisb1953...I'm disappointed in you.

-- Posted by Blueyedame on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 7:32 AM

i just hope greg hale rots in jail for eternity...........what he did was selfish. to take the life of the women who birthed his child and the mother to another..........jen was a friend of mine her kids were her life...........this is sickning.........may u now rest in peace jen we will all miss u....my thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones........

-- Posted by jmiller05 on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 8:02 AM

I wonder where the children were during the murder.

-- Posted by Blueyedame on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 9:51 AM

Blueeyedame, I think her father said on the news last night the kids were at his house.

-- Posted by lintonite on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 10:30 AM

Blueyedame: I agree.

dennisb1953: That is ridiculous.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, & her two children.

-- Posted by mbg_2014 on Wed, Jun 24, 2009, at 9:29 AM

The obituaris says something about her 3 dogs. Did the siko kill the dogs also?

-- Posted by Bright's on Wed, Jun 24, 2009, at 9:41 AM

jennifer was a freind of mine, and we worked together for awhile. she was good with her residents and was crazy about her children. unfortunately i also knew greg hale. he refused to work and help support thier child, took her money that was for diapers, milk or gas to get back and forth to work for his own needs; cigs, beer, or whatever else was important to him. jenn has even sold blood to buy diapers for her child. HE is a low life, dumb, selfish waste of air. the only good from him was thier daughter, which he didn't appreciate. jenn will be missed by many, i'm sorry for her children and family.

-- Posted by pmanuel on Wed, Jun 24, 2009, at 6:35 PM

YOU SOMETIMES WANDER WHY WHEN THERE IS RESTRAINING ORDERS AND NO CONTACT ORDERS WHY THE COPS DUE NOT TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY,WHY MUST ONE DIE TO LET THEM SEE WHO THESE PEOPLE REALLY ARE AND CAN BE,IM JUST SAYING SHE PLEADED FOR HELP BEFORE THIS WHERE WAS HER JUSTICE THEN,HE WAS PROBABLY SMAKED ON THE HAND TOLD NOT TO GO THERE,FOR GOD SAKES WO MEN ARE NOT CHILDREN WHEN WE SAY THESE THINGS ARE HAPPENING DUE SOMETHING THEN CAUSE ITS TO LATE WHEN WE DIE, MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY,AND AS FOR HIM I THINK HE DESERVES TO HAVE TO LIVE WITH THIS IN HIS THOUGHTS EVERYDAY A HORRIBLE LIFE IN PRISON,AND WHEN HE GOES THOSE PEOPLE WILL NOT BE NICE TO HIM,BUT HE DESERVES WHATEVER THE GOOD LORDS HANDS DOWN TO HIM,I ONLY HOPE THAT THE FAMILY GETS JUSTICE FROM THIS BECAUSE THEY SURE LET JENNIFER DOWN,BUT THEN THATS GREENE COUNTY FOR YOU...............

-- Posted by COOLCHICK47882 on Thu, Jun 25, 2009, at 8:06 PM


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