James Hughes of Zionsville has been charged with murder in connection to a body found in a wooded area near Zionsville Town Hall and the Big Four Rail Trail.

Zionsville police arrested Hughes, 23, on a warrant for murder just after 5 p.m. Wednesday. He was being held without bond in the Boone County Jail. Court records were sealed at press time today.

Hughes was arrested in Indianapolis for the murder of Samuel T. Bennett of Zionsville. Bennett’s body was discovered in a retention pond area near the Big-4 Rail Trail in Zionsville on April 28.

An autopsy revealed that Bennett was shot two times, according to a press release issued by Zionsville Police Chief Robert Knox.

According to the press release, police served 12 search warrants and collected evidence at the scene, which led to probable cause that Hughes had committed the murder.

Hughes was the man named as the recipient of guns bought by David Meschino Jr., 28, of Zionsville, who was charged last week with attempting to provide a firearm to an ineligible person, according to court records.

Police searched Hughes’ home and found documents related to a gun Meschino bought, according to court records.

A gun with a serial number matching the one Meschino bought was found near the scene of the murder, according to court records.

Police last week had not officially connected the gun to the death of Bennett, who had apparently been jogging on the trail before dawn.

Bennett was one of four sons of Jackie and Cindy Bennett of Zionsville. His funeral was Saturday.

Hughes’ Facebook page says he is a floor technician at Zionsville Meadows, began work at The Workout Hub March 11 and went to Lowell High School.

Investigators ask the public to report any information regarding the case, or any suspicious activity. Call the Zionsville Police Department at 317-873-5967 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or Boone County Central Dispatch at 765-482-1412 any time.

In particular, police would like to speak with anyone who was on the Big-4 Rail Trail between the hours of 5 and 7:30 a.m. April 28.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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