BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon woman has been indicted by a Florida grand jury for allegedly misleading authorities in connection with a murder case.
Belenda Sandy, 56, was indicted for allegedly misleading investigators three times in fall 2016 while they were searching for Rachael Madison, a woman believed to have been killed by her estranged husband, Jarvis Wayne Madison.
Count one of the indictment states that Sandy knowingly mislead investigators from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 28, 2016 to prevent them from communicating to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Justice information related to the kidnapping of Rachael Madison on or about Nov. 27 in Ormond Beach, Fla.
The next day, Sandy is alleged to have mislead deputy U.S. Marshals to prevent them from communicating to FBI agents and the U.S. Department of Justice information relating to the kidnapping, according to count two of the indictment.
The third count of the indictment alleges that Sandy mislead special FBI agents on Dec. 2.
The indictment was handed up by a Middle District of Florida grand jury on March 8. The grand jury also handed up a superseded indictment for Jarvis Madison for kidnapping resulting in death, interstate domestic violence and interstate stalking of Rachael Madison.
An affidavit filed by a special agent investigating the case states that Madison had moved in with her aunt in Volusia County, Fla. after fleeing Indiana to get away from Jarvis Madison. On Nov. 14, 2016 she filed a report with the Indiana State Police alleging that she had been held captive by Jarvis Madison in his vehicle and that he had a .45 caliber pistol and verbally threatened to kill her.
When Jarvis Madison pulled over in a remote area of Interstate 64 west, the victim attempted to escape, but Jarvis fired a single round from his pistol in her direction, which missed. Jarvis Madison recaptured Rachael, but she was able to escape later by running into a Clarksville, Ind. Walmart and contacting authorities.
The Indiana State Police spoke with Jarvis Madison by phone, who agreed to meet with them but did not show up to the scheduled time and did not respond to further contacts. A warrant was issued for his arrest on Nov. 28.
In the meantime, Rachael Madison had moved to Ormond Beach, Fla. to live with her aunt and was last seen when she left for a run on Nov. 27, 2016.
After she was reported missing, the FBI reviewed telephone records for Jarvis Madison’s cell phone, which indicated that on Nov. 27, 2016 between 1:30 and 5 p.m., his cell phone connected to multiple towers in Ormond Beach, Fla. At approximately 6:42 p.m., the cell phone connected to a tower north of Jacksonville, Fla. and on Nov. 28, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. the cell phone connected to a cell tower near I-77, west of Columbia, S.C.
A day later, a license plate reader determined that Jarvis Madison’s vehicle was traveling in Weston, W.Va.
Sandy, who is described as an acquaintance of Jarvis Madison, was interviewed by U.S. Deputy Marshal Derek Patrick in Buckhannon on Nov. 29, 2016.
She allegedly said that Jarvis parked a silver Honda Pilot some distance from the front of her residence a day earlier at approximately 10 a.m. and was alone but appeared very tired.
Sandy admitted to the deputy marshal that she had a personal relationship with Jarvis Madison, which began around 2009, and that she had provided him with approximately $200,000, usually through Western Union money wires.
Sandy also admitted that she previously purchased Jarvis a handgun.
After Jarvis Madison took a shower and ate a meal, he left about four hours after arriving, Sandy allegedly told investigators.
Jarvis Madison was arrested in Louisville, Ky. on Dec. 2, 2016 and was interviewed by FBI agents. He told the agents he traveled to Ormond Beach to give Rachael her stuff and that when he met her, they kissed and she got into his vehicle with him.
He then allegedly admitted that while traveling inside his vehicle, he shot Rachael three times. He buried her in the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee.
During a search of his vehicle, a loaded .45 caliber pistol, a substantial amount of stains with human blood, cell pones and a receipt for the purchase of a shovel were located.
Later during a search of Jarvis Madison’s cell phone, photographs depicting the deceased victim were located. Jarvis Madison led authorities to his estranged wife’s body on Dec. 2, 2016.
The indictment does not provide details about how Sandy might have mislead investigators.
Sandy appeared in federal court in West Virginia before U.S. Magistrate Michael Aloi and was released on bail. She was granted the permission needed to travel to Florida for court hearings.