Huntington County (11-2-22) – The Indiana State Police began an investigation into the death of an inmate at the Huntington County Jail after Nicholas Parks (42) of Bunker Hill, IN was found unresponsive around 3:00 a.m. on October 22, 2022.

This investigation has led to additional charges on three inmates currently incarcerated in the Huntington County Jail. 

  • Michael Kelly Jr., 22 of Huntington, IN was arrested for Dealing a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death, Level 1 Felony, Aiding in Dealing a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death, Level 1 Felony, Trafficking, Level 5 Felony, and Dealing a Narcotic Drug, Level 5 Felony.
  • Jacob Lee Landon Johnson, 40 of Huntington, IN was arrested for Dealing a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death, Level 1 Felony and Aiding in Dealing a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death, Level 1 Felony.
  • Nicholas Ryan Shepperd, 36 of Huntington, IN was arrested for Dealing a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death, Level 1 Felony and Aiding in Dealing a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death, Level 1 Felony.

This investigation also resulted in a search warrant being served at a residence in the 400 block of Garfield Street in Huntington, IN on October 28, 2022.  This search warrant resulted in the arrest of Duane Barnes, 41 of Huntington, IN for:

  • Dealing a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death, Level 1 Felony
  • Aiding in Dealing a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death, Level 1 Felony
  • Possession of a Narcotic Drug With the Intent to Deliver, Level 2 Felony
  • Possession of Methamphetamine With the Intent to Deliver, Level 2 Felony
  • Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, Level 3 Felony
  • Aiding in Trafficking With an Inmate, Level 5 Felony

Barnes was taken to the Huntington County Jail.

The Huntington Police Department assisted with this investigation.

The final autopsy report and toxicology results for Parks is still pending.