Murder Charges Filed in Stacey Lawson Case

by Staff on August 26, 2011 · 89 comments

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Murder InvestigationThis morning, charges were filed in Greene County Circuit Court in connection with the death of Stacey Lawson on August 19th, 2011.

We are in the process of obtaining the probable cause affidavid in the case.

Randy L. Knapp of Bloomington was charged with the following:

  • Murder
  • Criminal Confinement
  • Obstruction of Justice

UPDATE 1:28 p.m.: The charging information and probable cause affidavit have been posted.

This article will be updated as new information is obtained.

89 comments
believeher
believeher

there are two people who are no longer with us visiably but in our thoughts our ears our voices of negative memories when really they should be in our prayers.....prayers that we all need to say in hoping that allan and stacey made it to heaven no matter what they did on earth ....hoping that god truely seen how special they were inside and knew what they really wanted to do with their lives had they not passed.....the world is the hard place to make changes because once youve made ur first impression it is hard to take it back and it is obvious that that is true by reading all the comments that was posted stop casting judgements god has already done it.......and when we all leave this earth will see them on the other side because i believe they made it to the golden gates and had u all known them truely deep down inside like god does you all would think twice about what u put on here......lets leave something treasurable and happy memoriable for her beautiful children......(:

hunter 1
hunter 1

all I can say is why ? she was a good human being and this is f@cked up she was not a fake or phony she came at you with what she was ,who she was nothing else ! varry sad situation! good bye ! Stacey

hunter 1
hunter 1

she rode on the back of my honda rebel when she could have vary easliy been on a harle couldnt have been all bad, yes angered mob they should pay through a lengthy prison sentence thats the best way!

hunter 1
hunter 1

i barley knew her was at this years boogie with her but violence on violence is not the answr

angered mob
angered mob

she broought hope and joy to my life and im angered

angered mob
angered mob

Ived stacey with all my heart i loved her deaply and her murders will pay she was a light in the dsrkness i call life and a void that cant be replaced i have much hate for her killers i cared deaply for her

angered mob
angered mob

A murder was commited the guilty will pay, I will not live in fear of these brain washed drug addicts! The dath penalty should be instated here these vile drug sucking scum have run ranpid far to long in our great county ! It time to put a end to this when meth dealers recieve 6 month sentences there not gonna stop. Short jail sentences just give these scum room and board and there right back on the street. I say to all the good people of this county keep your doors locked and a loaded shot gun! Hell has a place for these wicked scum!!!

Clarity
Clarity

Unless Randy possesses Harry Potter's invisibility cloak then unfortunately Alan did take his own life. Hotel surveillance shows no other person entering the room he was found in(the condition of the room and the things found were only more of an indication of the struggle Alan went through in his final moments before he took his own life. I realize he was tweaked out on that mess and more than likely was not in his right mind but the facts remain as they are; facts and not speculation; even IF we wished for a different outcome for his soul's sake

for the lost souls...
for the lost souls...

well, here is my nickle on the subject, Randy wasn't just Alan's "close friend" he was the longtime BF of Alan's mother(until she passed on). Alan was his Mother's only child, and the closest thing Randy had to a child. Randy loved Alan as his son, maybe not everyday, but show me a step-father who doesn't have a love/hate relationship with their step-son, and why wouldn't he stay in Alan's house after he died? Randy took care of Alan for a lot of years and Vice- versa. It was still a bond even if a dysfunctional one. I understand the hurt and anger of Stacey's friends and loved ones, who have to read all the news reports and comments such as these, I also understand why people are so quick to judge those who dare have something positive to say about Alan or Randy so go ahead, but I ask that you all put yourself in this scenerio, {your son is found dead in a hotel room apparently from a self inflicted gunshot wound, you can't even inquire about it since legally you are not next of kin(even tho that was the way they lived), and the only people who do know about it, are not telling you. including any funeral arrangements, which were made without him and the funeral which was conducted without him(randy)} for what reason who the hell knows. but it happened and that in itself is enough to drive a person batshit crazy, and then compound that with 25 yrs straight of meth use and alcoholism and you get one crazy MF, Randy and Alan still have family and friends that love them and are grieving as well, for the friend they lost and from the COMPLETE SHOCK of what Randy is accused of.. It is horrible for EVERYONE involved. Nobody ever says "I want to be a meth head junkie when I grow up" Randy didn't want to be one, Alan didn't want to be one, and Stacey for sure didn't want to be one either. Oh yeah & my opinion on the newspaper article about the"fiancee" is just laughable at best, and why the HT gave that guy the time of day I will never know, but Alan and Stacey had only been apart a very short time. I am talking weeks..not months or years, not to mention they weren't even together very long(A&S). This is my advice to society, get rid of the fuc%ing meth ingredients, and then maybe the Children growing up without Mothers,Fathers, and even Grandparents because of the shit will stand a chance!!!!

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Yeah, I guess if you live around hilljackers long enough in Central Indiana you turn into one.

WHAT?
WHAT?

Really MitchellNews? From dictionary.com... cap·i·tal·i·za·tion   /ˌkæpɪtləˈzeɪʃən/ Show Spelled[kap-i-tl-uh-zey-shuhn] Show IPA noun 1. the act or process of capitalizing. 2. the authorized or outstanding stocks and bonds of a corporation. 3. Accounting . a. the total investment of the owner or owners in a business enterprise. b. the total corporate liability. c. the total arrived at after addition of liabilities. 4. conversion into stocks or bonds. 5. the act of computing the present value of future periodical payments. I had respect for you and defended you to some people, but this? Capitolization? Are you seriously a reporter or a kid running a website?

to whom it may concern
to whom it may concern

id be totally ashamed to think of myself as one of those people on here who have nothing better to do than judge other people for the way they choose to live their lives ....and to all of you who are slamming these dead people who cant defend theirselves i feel sorry for you all your the problem ,,,,, guess your the judge jury and executioners if you think that because of the way you choose to live your life you deserve to die a terrible death shame on you.

to whom it may concern
to whom it may concern

this is the problem with society as a whole nobody has a sense of being human caring and concern for your fellow man who cares who does drugs your not god and its not for you to judge she was a good person instead of digging your dirt you should check your own back door first she was a mother her kids didnt ask for this and what about her mother who had already buried one child and to find her second dead on or near his grave i dont care if she did do drugs thats no reason for everyone to focus on that inmstead of the real problem thats why this world is a mess your not god and its not for you to judge pathetic

Amber Str.
Amber Str.

Alan was my friend as well as my dads. And anyone with a brain knows!!!! That his death WAS NOT suicide. Randy murdered him cold just like he killed her! I don't believe for one damn second he didn't do it. And the cops dont want to investigate it anymore? WTF is that 2 people who dated each other and both people knew Randy and Randy knew them. Sounds kinda obvious to me that Randy did it. I miss Alan Everyday and Stacey. Its so sad how some freak can take the lives of two wonderful people and the mother of a newer baby. Now the child wont have a mother of blood just a body in a grave to morn at. I hope the police get off there ass and investigate more of Alan's death. I used to live in Bloomington and i know that the cops there are as lazy as a damn dog. I was one that was going to die "next" after my father on Randys hit list. Im glad he got caught but for the reason he did is sad and sick. I was number 4 on his list my father # 3 all beacuse we knew and Alan and Stacey and he was sick and wanted revenge for his supposed dead friend Alan. If your his friend why did you kill his ex gf Stacey? Hmmm then take his car and cell? Makes no since. I know he wouldnt of giving you them you took them! And anyone with a brain knows this. Im done!.... Rip Alan and Stacey your in a better place and we all know you'll be watching out for all your friends and family. You will always be loved and missed.

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Amber, did you perform the autopsy on Alan? Did you find Alan's body? Do you even know where or how he was found? If you paid attention to the facts, it was suicide. Alan couldn't run anymore. His time was over.

good guy
good guy

I did not know any of these people. i would just like to give my 2 cents. its these kinds of people that have turned our world into hell. my kids cant even play out in there own yard without worrying about low life meth head drug dealers. the only time i feel safe myself is when im carrying a .40cal handgun which i have a permit for. im sorry but i cant feel sorry for a drug addic when they get killed. there own damn fault. stop distroying our lives. we are sick of it!

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Ann? Is that you with a different "Name"? I thought I told you the best thing you could do is to move.

Michael Moser
Michael Moser

Why would Stacey be going to Alan's old residence expecting to collect thousands of dollars with Randy from Alan's money if they werent robbing him like he said. That was what the police report said. Sorry to say but they were all doing drugs and no one deserved what happened to them but let the dead rest in peace and stop slandering them

Appalled
Appalled

You have no idea what Stacey was told. She had been wanting to get her things from Alan's house for some time. Given the fact that your buddy Randy was driving around in Alan's car, Stacey have been told by him, and believed that he was taking care of the estate, and that Alan had left her money.

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*Sigh*

This sounds like what happened. He enticed her with the money and probably told her he would take her to Alan's and her old place to get her stuff. She probably slammed her hands on the dash when she got in the car because he probably told her he didn't have any money. From the sounds of things, the murder didn't occur too long after that because no one ever saw Stacey again.

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"were all doing drugs" - did you get out of high school speaking and writing like that? It's "we're", go look it up. Also, not all of us do drugs - speak for yourself.

Double sigh
Double sigh

Sorry to say but they were all doing drugs ... Actually, you're wrong. "Sorry to say but they we are all doing drugs ... ?" No, Michael was quite correct.

Mitchell News
Mitchell News

If you have nothing of value to contribute to the discussion at hand, please refrain from saying anything at all. Not everyone has perfect spelling or grammar. I get that and you get that. To make it the focal point of the discussion, however, detracts from the conversation and the points people are making. If you have that many issues with spelling and "capatalization", feel free to find another forum. I'll delete any further comments fail to add any value to the discussion.

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Actually, it's "Sorry to say, but they were all..." need the comma.

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*Sigh*

You are right. I am getting tired and the fragmented sentence along with no period at the end of the last sentence threw me.

Appalled
Appalled

There are some things in the probable cause that are just mind boggling. For example, Brian Patton has two conversations with Knapp about the killing before deciding during the third conversation that Knapp actually did it? Is it just me, or does that seem like 2 conversations too many? I know that action on his part would not have saved her, as the conversations were all postmortem. But it seems bizarre to me to have someone confess murder to you that many times before you believe them. Also, after apologizing for threatening the life of other people, Knapp again threatens Stacey Lawson and Jeremy Walker in the presence of Aaron Strunk. According to the report, this took place prior to the murder. Strunk told Knapp to leave the house, and believed that Knaapp made a gesture indicating that he had a gun. Were the police then notified that someone believed to be armed had made threats against the lives of two people? And 5 days after the murder the police are contacted about the phone with all those damning voice mails?

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*Sigh*

Maybe it took the police 5 days to realize they needed to listen to the person who had the 5 voicemails on their phone. I'm not impressed with some of the ISP on this case.

Hmm
Hmm

You have a good point but Randy sounds like some kind of psychopath so maybe his friend really didn't believe him or thought that the guy was delusional or something? And yes the police were notified about Randy threatening tons of people.

Appalled
Appalled

I don't know. The probable cause said that Patton thought Knapp was mentioning a can of fuel to burn the body, and he still didn't call the cops. Too bad the cops couldn't have maybe warned Stacey, since it seems like even in his threats that his rage was directed at her.

Good grief
Good grief

No one deserves to be murdered like Stacey was, NO ONE.

Michael Moser
Michael Moser

You all didn't really know Alan cause I don't know of you and I doubt any of you really knew Randy either. Go watch Jershey Shore and get off here. These comments are SHIT!!!!

Clarity
Clarity

I knew Alan VERY well and Randy well. A dog returns to his own vomit. I am just sorry Alan could not have TRULY relied on what he KNEW was right! and he DID know too! "The purpose of life is a life of purpose." ~Robert Byrne Spending your days looking for your next fix or avenue to do wrong you only contribute to the deterioration of society,this world, to yourself. Why be a waste?

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You are a dumba$$. Jershey Shore? Really? Go get a map and study it, you retard.

Mike Moser
Mike Moser

So you don't watch shows filmed in different states??? I know your " grammatically corrrectly ass" probably does watch gay shows like that. Here's your period fag... Now just wait for yours.

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You're so dumb you don't even know you spelled Jersey wrong. If you don't live in Indiana or Bloomington even, you don't know the area and the people. Are you mentally ill?

wow
wow

One very very sick person.

forgiveness
forgiveness

It will be interesting to see how many people say they are sorry for all of their vicious comments, and of course , once again Mitchell makes a fool of themselves. You have damaged a young mans name, and you will be judged. Perhaps Pat does drink but he has had several back operation and leg injuries, just maybe that helps his pain.. As for Ann, I am amazed there are such people out there. with such a malicious tongue. Pray for Stacey's family and for Pat and his family. I hope nothing likke this ever happens to your fa

Michael Moser
Michael Moser

Not a Fan I wish you would've taken a ride with Randy so you can have a good time in hell yourself you big crybaby.

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*Sigh*

You are sick and need help. I seriously hope you go to Bloomington Hospital with a printout of this feed and walk in to the psychiatric ward tomorrow and tell them you need help, that you are the poster "Michael Moser." They will check you in, give you a nice comfy coat to wear, and put you in a soft padded room where you and your sick writings, thoughts, and poor grammar can spend some time. They will give you PRESCRIBED pills and help you. You will meet with some people and they will ask questions - answer them honestly. They will take care of you. Good luck.

Mike Moser
Mike Moser

*Sigh* Really I don't even live in Bloomington or Indiana dumbass. Which your probably lucky for with all your stupid comments. It sounds like you yourself know all the procedures pretty well at a psych ward you probably been there. Stop signing on anonymously if your gonna run your mouth you passive aggressive weakling. Is all that spelled correctly enough for you *Sigh*?????????????????????????

Tang
Tang

Yeah, most drug addicts start out with bad backs.

forgiveness
forgiveness

Is that what happened to you to accuse someone? Pat has never been on drugs.

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The percentages are higher for people with back problems....... Stacey had a bad back since she was an early teen.

for the lost souls
for the lost souls

Probably for the same reason everyone is speaking for Stacey, because he cant speak for himself anymore. And because no matter what the circumstances of his life were he was still a human being, and he was somebodys friend, nephew, grandchild etc. Have some compassion for human kind, not just YOUR kind!

Not a Fan
Not a Fan

I will never have compassion for anyone that threatens me.

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*Sigh*

Maybe you should, maybe you should stand in their shoes and think about why they are threatening you. Maybe they are scared and their threat is empty and harmless...

colleen
colleen

that is why it said that on myspace.

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