Charge Against Augusta Hadden Dismissed

Augusta Hadden

A felony charge has been dropped against a woman who’d been accused of assisting a murder suspect back in March. Augusta Hadden, 39, was accused of throwing a cell phone out of a truck driven by Edward Blackburn, following the murder of Cord Colgrove in rural North Judson.

Hadden had been charged with the Level 5 felony offense of Assisting a Criminal. But Starke County Prosecutor Nick Bourff says there isn’t enough evidence to be sure that Hadden threw the cell phone, rather than Blackburn.

Bourff says that both he and detectives carried out forensic searches of the cell phones involved, as well as the victim’s computer, but nothing was found that could prove the charge. He adds that an Accomplice to Murder charge was out of the question, since there was no evidence that Hadden actually said or did anything that led to the shooting.

That means the case against Hadden is done, unless someone comes forward with new information or new evidence shows up. She had been scheduled to appear in Starke Circuit Court next week. Bourff stresses the dismissal against Hadden has no bearing in the case against Blackburn, which will continue.