Indiana Man Accused of Murdering Fairfield Girl Demands Electronic Access in Custody

Indiana Man Accused of Murdering Fairfield Girl Demands Electronic Access in Custody

WAYNE COUNTY – A 25-year-old Indiana man accused of murdering a 15-year-old Fairfield girl and disposing of her body in a shallow grave in 2014 has petitioned the Wayne County Court to allow him access to a computer or electronic tablet while he’s in custody.

Brodey Murbarger was arrested in October 2020 after a Wayne County Illinois grand jury indicted him for the 2014 murder of Megan Nichols. He’s charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two Class X felony counts of home invasion to commit a sex offense, and Class 3 felony concealment of a homicidal death.

According to the indictment, Murbarger strangled and suffocated Nichols to death on July 3, 2014, and later buried her body in a shallow grave in a rural part of Wayne County. Murbarger had lived in Fairfield, and met Nichols at New Hope School, where he was a senior and she was a sophomore.

A motion to reduce Murbarger’s $300,000 bail was denied in December.

His attorney on Thursday filed a motion requesting Murbarger be allowed access to a computer of electronic tablet while he’s in custody. The motion is expected to be addressed in court Monday during a pre-trial hearing in the case.

In addition to pleading not guilty to the charges against him, Murbarger has demanded a jury trial before February 4.

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