Murder charges filed in double homicide


DARKE COUNTY—Murder charges were filed against a Greenville man on Friday afternoon.

Adam Uchyn, 39, was charged with two counts of aggravated murder, an unclassified felony, and one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

Deputies discovered the victims, Michelle Phipps, 63, of Greenville and James Donnelly, 57, of Greenville, early Friday morning, April 14, 2023, in their residence in Neave Township.

The discovery was prompted by reports made in the Sheriff’s Office lobby by acquaintances of the victim and the suspect reporting suspicion that a homicide might have occurred at the home.

Darke County deputies responded to the home on April 13, 2023 at approximately 6:30 p.m. on a 911 hang-up call from the residence.

Upon arrival, Uchyn met deputies in the driveway.

Uchyn is a resident of this address and claims to have made the call. He filed a report alleging a theft and assault had occurred and the perpetrator had left the scene.

This report was a ruse he created to prevent the deputies from discovering the murder that had likely just occurred.

Investigators now believe the 911 caller is victim, Michelle Phipps.

The call abruptly ended with only the address provided by the caller.

Dispatchers attempted to call the number back but there was no answer.

The deputies were advised that they were responding to a 911 hang-up. The deputies did not know the gender of the 911 caller. The deputies took the complaint from Uchyn at face value since they had no further information and was unaware of what had actually happened inside the house.

Uchyn remained outside during the interaction, which lasted approximately 40 minutes.

At approximately 9:15 p.m. on April 15, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received notification the Chicago Police Department took Uchyn into custody on a felony probation warrant out of Darke County.

This warrant was unrelated to the homicide. He remains in the Darke County Jail pending arraignment.

Anyone who may have information on cases pending are encouraged to contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at 937-548-2020.