'Significant development' expected Thursday in Aurora murder case

Charges possible in killing of Leigh Jennings

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AURORA, Ind. -- A "significant development" is expected Thursday in the investigation into the murder of Leigh Jennings, which happened at her Aurora home in March.

That was the word Wednesday night from Dearborn County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard. He refused to say whether charges will be filed in the case. Instead, he said he will be joined by Aurora police and the Indiana State Police in releasing new details on Thursday during a noon news conference in Lawrenceburg. 9 News will carry the conference LIVE on WCPO.com.

A Walton man, Charles "Steve" Stephenson, has been a "person of interest" in the case since early April. He's jailed in Boone County on charges of tampering with evidence and drug trafficking. The tampering charge was tied the Aurora murder.

During Stephenson's arraignment on those charges, Boone County Commonwealth Attorney Linda Tally Smith said that he was the last person to see Jennings alive. It's believed that she may have loaned him money to help pay back a loan he'd obtained from a relative.

Aurora Police have said Jennings was beaten to death on March 29, but her body was not found until a week later. The cause of death was listed as multiple skull fractures.

Stephenson is the nephew of Bill and Peggy Stephenson, a Florence couple found murdered in their home a year ago.

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