Coroner: Evansville murder victim was in 3rd trimester

Affidavit: Evansville murder recorded on victim’s phone
Published: Mar. 30, 2022 at 11:22 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 1, 2022 at 12:37 PM EDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Several family members are speaking about the woman killed Wednesday morning in Evansville.

They tell 14 News that Candilyn Sexton was a young mother who was also several months pregnant. They say she was nearing the end of her pregnancy when she was shot and killed on West Indiana Street.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office says she was in her third trimester.

Her family says she leaves behind four other small children.

Candilyn Sexton
Candilyn Sexton(Family)

The arrest affidavit for 30-year-old Scott Terry, Jr. also names the victim as Sexton.

The call first came in around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday as someone shot at an address on North Elliot, but crews were then called to the 2600 block of West Indiana Street.

The arrest affidavit shows Sexton actually shot video on her phone as she was killed. Police say Terry then sent that video to the woman who called 911. They say the video has since been recovered by detectives, showing Terry shooting the victim.

The 911 caller then met officers on scene and gave them Terry’s name.

Once officers figured out Terry wasn’t there, police say they went inside the home and found Sexton with a gunshot wound to her head.

The coroner says she died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head.

Officers say they found several items belonging to children and learned they were all safe at school.

Police say they were able to make contact with Terry. They say he told them he was in Henderson but would come back and speak with them.

His car was stopped at Highway 41 and Waterworks, and he was taken into custody.

Police say he admitted to shooting the victim during the interview.

Terry was in court Thursday morning by Zoom. He’s being held with no bond, and is due back in virtual court on April 5.

Scott Terry, Jr.
Scott Terry, Jr.(Vanderburgh County Jail)

Family members say that Candilyn was not just a great mom, she was an incredible person.

The family still can’t believe it.

“She was the most kind-hearted, unselfish, great-loving person, woman that you’d ever meet,” says her brother, Christian Miller.

“The world hurt her in a way that she didn’t deserve. She was a good person at heart,” says Gammont Jackson.

With Candilyn now gone, her family is leaning on one another. They’re doing their best to live as she would have wanted them to, while also waiting on justice to be served.

“For him to take a person away from four kids, and she was pregnant too? He’s a very despicable person,” says her brother, Juan Sexton, “And I hope that they press all, everything the state of Indiana does to him, and has him go to prison.”

Juan, Gammont, and Christian, along with the rest of Candilyn’s family, are looking to hold a candlelight vigil in her honor sometime soon.

Juan Sexton is encouraging anybody that knew her, no matter how small the interaction, to reach out to him via Facebook and come help Candilyn’s family honor their sister, mother, daughter, and friend.

Here’s coverage from Wednesday night.

Man facing murder charge after woman found dead in Evansville

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