2 charged in '08 prison slaying of John Carlin

December 30, 2010 

SEWARD -- Two men have been charged in connection with the 2008 prison slaying of John Carlin III, who was serving a 99-year term after being convicted, as was Mechele Linehan, in a 1996 slaying, according to an indictment released Thursday evening.

The indictment said William N. Wassillie, 27, and Tyler Warren Heavyrunner, 29, have been charged. Wassillie is charged with second-degree murder, burglary and tampering with evidence, according to the indictment. Heavyrunner is charged with criminally negligent homicide, burglary and tampering with evidence.

The indictment contains few specifics about the slaying or the two men, saying only that the slaying occurred on Oct. 27, 2008.

Authorities had said earlier that Carlin died at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward. He was attacked and died from blunt-force trauma, they said.

Carlin had arrived at the prison just months before to begin his sentence after having been convicted in the murder of Kent Leppink. Carlin's appeal of his verdict was pending when he died.

Linehan won a reversal of her conviction from an appeals court. She is awaiting retrial.

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