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Business partner arrested for murder of Elkhart tattoo artist

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Todd Stewart (Courtesy: Elkhart County Sheriff's Dept) Todd Stewart (Courtesy: Elkhart County Sheriff's Dept)

The business partner of an Elkhart tattoo artist whose body was later found in a barrel in the St. Joseph River has been arrested for his murder.

The Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office says Todd Stewart was arrested Wednesday for the murder of Mark Miller.

Miller's body was discovered near the Six Span Bridge in Elkhart County on September 20, 2012 - 10 days after his family reported him missing. Investigators say an autopsy showed Miller died of a gunshot wound.

According to prosecutors, Stewart told police he last saw Miller on the evening of September 7 at their tattoo shop on Elkhart's southeast side. Police say Stewart told them he left the ship between 11:00 p.m. and midnight while Miller was on his phone.

Police say several other people reported seeing Stewart on September 7, including one who remembered having to remove an empty 55 gallon barrel from the truck bed before borrowing it that evening. Police say the same person told them he borrowed the truck again on September 8th, but this time there was damage to the truck, the bed appeared to have been cleaned, and there was a new cart in the back – but no barrel.

Investigators say they used cell phone records to determine Stewart's location on the night of September 7-8. They also obtained surveillance video from a Meijer store when investigators say Stewart bought several items, including a cart, around 1:45 a.m.

Prosecutors also say a business associate of Stewart and Miller says he saw Stewart shoot Miller with a handgun around 11:20 p.m. Prosecutors say the business associate, who's name was not released, also admitted to helping Stewart load a barrel with Miller's body in the back of Stewart's truck.

Stewart is scheduled for an initial hearing in Elkhart County Circuit Court Thursday morning.

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