Lafayette neighbors react after murder suspect arrested

Police are investigating a suspicious death on N. 16th Street in Lafayette Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (WLFI Photo)
Police are investigating a suspicious death on N. 16th Street in Lafayette Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (WLFI Photo)
James Bixler (Photo Provided/Lafayette Police Department)
James Bixler (Photo Provided/Lafayette Police Department)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Lafayette Police Department said they have arrested one in connection to Wednesday morning’s suspicious death investigation.

Investigators are not releasing the victim’s name until after the autopsy is complete. But a family member who contacted News 18 believes the victim is Ricky Couch, a man in his 50s.

James Bixler, 25, of Lafayette, has been arrested for murder, according to Lafayette police. Bixler was transported to the Tippecanoe County Jail.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning and positive identification will be given by Coroner Donna Avolt.

The case is still under investigation and police are still looking for those who were at the residence Tuesday night and continuing to interview those involved. Officers said this was not a “random act.”

Kevin Fleming, a neighbor, told News 18 it’s a relief knowing somebody is in custody.

“It’s good to know. Hopefully they have the right person because I would hate to think that, that could happen to anybody else on this street,” said Fleming.

Officers say they will remain on the property throughout Wednesday night in case more evidence needs to be collected.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Lafayette Police Department at 765-807-1200 or use the anonymous WeTip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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