Jury selection underway in trial for man accused of beating, robbing 86-year-old

Booking photo shows Jacob McDaniel. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)
Booking photo shows Jacob McDaniel. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind (WLFI) – A jury trial is underway for a man accused of tying, beating up and robbing an elderly Lafayette man earlier this year.

In February, prosecutors charged Jacob McDaniel, 21, with robbery, criminal confinement, battery, auto theft, possession and several invasion of privacy charges.

Investigators said McDaniel beat and tied up then-86-year-old Kenneth Nice at Nice’s home on the 900 block of Brick N’ Wood Drive. Nice told police he was letting McDaniel stay with him, until he suspected McDaniel was on drugs and kicked him out.

According to court documents, when McDaniel came over to talk about it, that’s when Nice says McDaniel hit him over the head and knocked him out. The next thing Nice knew, he was tied up and robbed. Nice said McDaniel also took his car and dog.

Nice was able to escape and went to a neighbor’s house for help. That’s where he called police.

Authorities located McDaniel near Sixth and Union streets less than two hours later. Police recovered Nice’s car, dog and several other belongings. McDaniel was arrested and taken to the Tippecanoe County Jail.

Jury selection is underway on Tuesday at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse, where those people will decide the fate of McDaniel. Selection began at 8:30 a.m. and through questioning, jurors are being slowly narrowed down. One woman has a son who’s a convicted felon, and she was asked if that would conflict with her decision making in this case?

News 18 expects to hear more from both sides during the trial. You can follow updates online at WLFI.com as well as coming up Tuesday night on News 18 at Five and Six.