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An Indiana Man Left His Mom a Voicemail. Then, He Forgot to Hang Up Before He Stabbed Her Boyfriend to Death.

Indiana Man Accidentally Recorded Murder on Voicemail to His Mom
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An Indiana man left a voicemail to his mom but forgot to hang up and accidentally recorded himself killing her boyfriend.

Sep. 12 2023, Published 12:04 p.m. ET

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A man in Indiana will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars after he accidentally recorded the murder of his mother’s boyfriend in a voicemail, according to authorities.

On June 18, 2020, Cody Allen Wade, 33, left a cookout and headed to his mom’s house in Brazil.

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On the way, he stopped at another man’s house to tell him he was about to kill someone. The man tried to talk him out of it, but was unsuccessful.

Wade then walked the several blocks to his mother’s home, where he and his mother lived. On the way, he called his mother and left her a voicemail.

However, Wade never hung up the phone call and ended up recording the entire attack, including him stabbing the victim, Carl Haviland, four times, officials said.

In his sentencing order, the judge wrote, “The defendant repeatedly stabbed Carl Haviland not only in front of the defendant’s own mother but did so in spite of her efforts to physically prevent him from committing the crime,” the New York Post reported.

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After stabbing Haviland, Wade kicked and taunted his victim, authorities said.

At the time of the murder, Wade was on parole for arson. He was released from jail in March 2020, just two months before the murder took place, officials said.

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On Sept. 6, a judge sentenced Wade to 60 years for the murder with an additional 15 years added since he was found to be a habitual offender.

In addition, Wade was given 10 years for two separate counts of felony battery on a public safety official with injury and he was given concurrent sentences for two other charges: felony battery against a public safety official and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, The Post reported.


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