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Court documents reveal details in the killing of a man stabbed 54 times

Thomas Loveless (Left) and Matthew Mace (Right)

Court documents reveal further information in the case of a Lafayette man found dead and the two suspects arrested.

Posted: Jan 21, 2020 3:51 PM
Updated: Jan 21, 2020 4:03 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Court documents reveal further information in the case of a Lafayette man found dead and the two suspects arrested. 

According to court documents, police were called to an apartment located at 619 Alabama Street on Dec. 13. Officers found a man dead of stab wounds. The coroner said the victim, Charles Sandefer, appeared to have been dead for several weeks. When detectives were investigating the case, they discovered Sandefur's debit card was used at the Village Pantry on South 4th Street on Dec. 9, just days before the landlord found Sandefur's body.

Investigators, using surveillance video from the store, saw two people, one giving the stolen card to the other, to make a purchase. That video led police to Thomas Loveless and Matthew Mace. Bank statements from Sanderfur's debit card reveal that Mace and Loveless spent $9.29 on products from the gas station. 

Court documents state during the investigation, Loveless claimed it was Mace who had stabbed and killed Sandefur. saying it happened at the end of November over money they had gone to his house to collect. Mace, however, claimed that it was Loveless who started stabbing the victim after he had left the home. 

They both admitted to taking the debit card.

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