Accused Killer Makes First Court Appearance

TERRE HAUTE, Ind – The man accused of killing a woman in Terre Haute last week made his first court appearance Tuesday.

An autopsy report shows that 38-year-old Sarah L. Henderson, 38, has been ruled a homicide and that she died from sharp force injuries to the head.

He body was found in a storage unit at 630 E. Springhill Drive on Friday.

Police believed that they also found the weapon thought to be used in the crime.

29-year-old Philip Atterson of Terre Haute has been charged with murder.

He turned himself in to Johnson County police late Monday.

Atterson rented a storage unit at a facility behind the Terre Haute Bowling Center, and he and Henderson apparently had been living there.

A witness told police that saw the two argue and that he left. But was called by Atterson a short time later and saw Henderson lying dead in the unit.

Atterson told the witness “I did that” and then fled.