2 Waterloo men charged with murder

2 Waterloo men charged with murder

There are 93 comments on the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette story from Apr 5, 2007, titled 2 Waterloo men charged with murder. In it, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports that:

Noble County authorities charged two Waterloo men with murder Thursday morning. Charles W. Chorpenning, 27, and Lionel D. Cox Jr., 21, are charged with killing Patrick S. Biddle in Kendallville on or about ...

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joe

United States

#22 Jan 17, 2008
It will soon be over for these two guys they will get what they should get.
sparkman ohio

AOL

#23 Jan 23, 2008
wow, i can't believe that someone i'm kin too did this man like this. if there is a hell they will be going . i'm so sorry to the family how sad . god bless
abc

United States

#24 Feb 5, 2008
I recently found this site and I did know charlie and lionel. I DO NOT care for lionel especially he deserves to be where he is. For more reasons than murder. Charlie was a good friend, or more like a brother to me. I have known him for 10 years or more. He did have a troubled child hood and what he did was wrong charlie had a strong will and he was in a bad stae of mind when he commited this crime, but I do believe he knew what was going on. I have been through alot with him and, every man no matter what the circumstances needs to be punised for a horrible crime like this. He was institunalized and that was his fault nobody elses. He was a grown ass man and was entirley capable of making his own decisions. And he made the wrong one.I am deeply sorry for Mr. Biddles family, and I am not sticking up for either of these boys they just took life for granted, and doing so they will spend the rest of theirs in prison.
tweetybird

United States

#25 Feb 19, 2008
A Waterloo man was sentenced to 45 years in prison for murder in an emotional hearing Friday in Noble Superior Court I.Lionel Cox Jr. 22, broke down as he spoke after hearing a statement from Jessica Biddle, the only daughter of the man he murdered.My name is Jessica Biddle, and you killed my father,Biddle said to Cox.He isn’t here to speak for himself or tell what happened to him on March 5,2007.Biddle’s father,Patrick S. Biddle,was murdered in his home by Cox and co-conspirator Charles Chorpenning. Both men have already pleaded guilty to the murder and other related charges.
Cox pleaded guilty Jan. 8 to murder, a felony, burglary, a Class B felony and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, a Class D felony. You have stolen so much from us, Jessica Biddle said to Cox, her voice choking as she wept. I’ve lost a father. My daughter will never remember her grandfather.There is no one like him, and there is so much more I needed to learn from him.”
Jessica Biddle, appointed as the victim’s representative in the case in May 2007,recounted panic attacks, the fear of break-ins and the loss of a relationship in the wake of the emotional trauma her father’s death caused.
She described having to go into his bedroom, where he was murdered, to get his things — seeing the cut-out section of carpet where his body had lain, and fingerprint powder everywhere.
Her father was killed “brutally, torturously, painfully,” she said, and killed for money, a guitar and Bible.
I never got the chance to say goodbye, to tell him how much I loved him, she said to Cox. No amount of time will ever replace the life of my father.Regardless of what happens today, though, you will have to stand before God.
When Superior Court I Judge Robert Kirsch asked Cox if he had anything to say, the defendant broke down sobbing as he said, I could say a million words right now, but nothing can be changed. I just hope that both Biddle’s family and mine can forgive me.
Defense attorney Kevin Likes said Cox had known Chorpenning for all of three days when the crime occurred. He also asserted that an officer’s report said Chorpenning was the more culpable of the two men.
Noble County Prosecutor Steven Clouse said it was important to remember who the hearing was about. It’s about Patrick Biddle, he said.
The plea agreement in the case set Cox’s sentence at 45 years, the minimum penalty for murder. That reflects the fact that Chorpenning is believed to be more culpable than Cox.
Cox still has six other cases pending between Noble and DeKalb county courts, Clouse said. They could add up to seven more years in prison.
He was committing burglary and during the commission of that burglary an innocent victim was killed, Clouse said.
That was Patrick Biddle.
Cox’s past wouldn’t suggest this offense, Clouse said. You look through the criminal history and you look through the family. There wasn’t a warning sign.
But a long lock-up is needed because of the nature of the offense, Clouse said. Patrick Biddle was a complete stranger to Lionel Cox. That obviously makes us question who would be safe.Cox’s actions made both Biddle’s family and his own secondary victims, Clouse said.
Kirsch said the premeditation of the crime disturbed him the most. Cox and Chorpenning stole zip-ties from a hardware store to tie up Biddle and rob him.
Frankly, in many ways, you cannot repay society for what you’ve done, Kirsch said. Biddle’s family and friends certainly can’t be repaid.
Kirsch said he had a little problem with ordering only the minimum sentence in this case, but trusted the state, so he accepted the agreement.
Kirsch sentenced Biddle to 45 years for the murder, 20 years for the burglary and three years for the D felony, all to be served at the same time. He gave him 317 days credit for time served and ordered him to pay a $100 fine and $160 in court costs.As per the plea agreement, related charges of confinement and theft, each a Class D felony, were dismissed against Cox.
Gloria

Glendale, CA

#26 Feb 29, 2008
I am Charlie's sister. First off my deepest sympathy goes out to Mr. Biddle's family. No one truely knows what was going through Charlie's head when he committed this crime. I have been VERY close to him for about 8 years. He is one of my best friends. If any of you knew charlie for who is REALLY was, deep down, sober, you would know he has a heart bigger than most. I want everyone to know Charlie is a person just as Pat is. He has people that love him deeply too. I am not defending Charlie, I am loving him. Charlie made a horrible mistake, and as Emily stated he will pay through God. People can not be kept on leashes. No one that really knows Charlie would have been able to predict this.
CharlesWilliamCh orpenning

Glendale, CA

#27 Feb 29, 2008
Everybody in "our" family has a great understanding, and heart-felt sympathy, for the Biddle family, and wish nothing but the deserved justice at hand. Please stop the derogatory comments about who else's fault it was, including family, especially. That is not fair to any of "this" family, nor is it going to give any of us a complex feeling about what we could have "seen coming", or "leashed". My Father, my real Father, killed my Mother, at the age of five months. Is that somehow my fault, because I was part of that family. Somehow, I believe it, knowing the way that my Mother's family treats me, and my brother. I have been cast out of every home I have ever lived in, BY FAMILY, for their beliefs, that I would end up like my Father. I did have a complex all of my natural-born life, through severe beatings, and undeserved blame, so I understand, possibly better than anyone, the retalliation from the Biddle family, however, blame cannot reflect on the relatives, EVER!!! The name attached to this comment on the left, shows Mr. Chorpenning's name, in full, for a reason. that goes to show that he was his own person, with his own name, and own mind, just as everyone. No love will be lost for Charlie, by his family, just as the loved ones, of an entire universe. Including the love that fuels your anger, at this time in your lives, with the loss of your loved one. "This" family will not support, condone, nor even defend, the actions of another human being, commiting this awful deed, even Charles William Chorpenning, however, he is, and will always be loved, by us all. I feel that Emily hit the nail on the head when she said, and quote, "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trepasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses". I hope, as I have forgiven my Father, and every family member that I used to hate, for their actions toward me, for who I was "related to", the Biddle family will seek Jesus, and believe that the Bible is true, in every facet of life, and find it in their hearts to forgive. Charlie would forgive you, if by chance the tables were turned, I know it, as would I. I do not want to see anybody from the the Biddle family die, with hatred toward anyone, for the sake of the "Judgement Seat of Christ". Not even Charles Willam Chorpenning. My condolences, and sympathy are the beginning of my prayers for you all. We all have our sins, and we will be judged accordingly, in Heaven. Please believe that none of us would ever say, or do bad things, to any of you, for however you do respond to these events, just please point the blame where it belongs, not at the court, or the family members who are innocent. Charles William Chorpenning, will gladly tell you, if you could listen in court, that he is to BLAME. PERIOD.
emily

Indianapolis, IN

#28 Mar 4, 2008
Many people have mentioned that Charlie and Lionel are to blame and I appreciate whoever wrote the message under "Charles William Chorpenning" for saying that no one is to blame but Charlie-PERIOD. That is so true and that is why he is not taking this to trial and he is pleading guilty. He knows he did wrong; he knows he hurt many, many people; he feels the pain every day, along with everyone else. When I do write my intentions are NEVER to put anyone's opinions and/or feelings down, or make it seem as though anyone is less important than anyone else. All I am trying to convey to everyone is that EVERYONE involved or touched by this incident is affected by it...and I believe that it is safe to say that no one was affected by this in a positive way. Not only do I know Charlie but I know his dad, step dad, his sister, his brother, and other members of his family. This is a good, close-knit family. Charlie helped take care of his brother and sister, who both cherish him entirely and would do anything for him. I have had friends and family die untimely deaths but have never known anyone to be murdered, so I am not going to sit here and pretend that I know exactly how the Biddle family feels, but I do know the feeling of blaming someone else for causing death to people I know. I do know the feeling of "that is unfair" and the feelings of "why us?". I do not believe that I have ever once stated that I was a Christian because that is not a term that I would use to describe myself, however, I am a spiritual person. I love God and thank him every day for the greatness in my life. I have lost friends and family, but I do not harbor hateful feelings to those who played a role in those situations. I look at my children and think to myself, "Wow! I sure am a lucky woman." I look at my family, surrounding me with love and protection, and I think to myself, "Is there anything better than this?". I look at the job I have, the home I live in, the food in my cabinets, the heat and lights in my house and think to myself, "I am truly blessed." Some people might think that I am naive, but they would know better if the knew the real me. I do not mind if people want to call me names, or judge me in any way. I will be the first to admit that I have done some bad things in my life, the same as everyone else has. I have made some terrible mistakes that have affected people in servere ways, that I will never be able to take back, and for that I am truly sorry. I have screwed up BUT I have also done many great things that have affected people in positive ways. I have had my fair share of both positive and negative adventures in my life. Go on and throw out your labels, if that makes you feel better-I know that there are a lot of angry people at this site. I am just trying my best to get my opinion and feelings across without it seeming like I am trying to undermind someone else-because that is not my intentions. I have just found that feeling good about what I have in life beats feeling crappy over what I have lost. Of course it takes time to accept a loss but I am always comforted by knowing that one day I will see those loved ones again. I love Charlie's family and there is not a thing that I would not do to help them if I could. They were my family during a time in my life and without the role that these people played in my life, I would not be where or who I am today. Go on and hate Carlie and Lionel for causing so much pain, go ahead and hate me for not having the same opinion as some of you, go on and fill your heart with hate...but if it's so full of hate, is there any room for love? As always, Mr. Biddle's wife, daughter, and whole family will continue to remain in my thoughts and prayers-right along with Charlie, Lionel, and their families.
sandra

San Jose, CA

#29 Mar 4, 2008
I didnt want to write a comment about this situation but i feel that if i dont say how i feal the pain will never go away. i dated charlie and he is the father of my child im not going to make excuses for him because i know that there are alot of people who have had bad childhoods and they dont do what he has done. i know many of you see him as a monster and i understand why you feel that way i couldnt begin to imagine how i would feel if i lost someone i love like this so for all of you who were hurt from this i am truely sorry for you. i wish that there was something i could say to make your pain go away but there isnt but do know this he is now with god in heaven watching over you he will always be with you in your heart. I didnt actually know Patrick but he was a family friend of my step mother and from what she told me he was a good person. I cant tell you why they did what they did I wish I knew myself I have to live with the fact that my daughters father was a killer and I cant even give her a reason why, the only thing I can tell her about Charlie is that when we were together he was a good man, I know alot of you dont believe that but he was, he just went down the wrong path with drugs. When he was on drugs he wasnt Charles Chorpenning he wasnt the man i loved. My daughter was born April 22, 2007. a month before this happened he never met her all he has are pictures, so for those of you who think that he is not getting punishment in jail your wrong because he has to wake up everyday knowing he has a daughter he will never get to know. But what hurts me the most is that my daughter will never get the chance to know her father, and she will have to carry around her fathers mistakes with her for the rest of her life.
sara biddle

Huntington, IN

#30 Mar 4, 2008
sandra wrote:
I didnt want to write a comment about this situation but i feel that if i dont say how i feal the pain will never go away. i dated charlie and he is the father of my child im not going to make excuses for him because i know that there are alot of people who have had bad childhoods and they dont do what he has done. i know many of you see him as a monster and i understand why you feel that way i couldnt begin to imagine how i would feel if i lost someone i love like this so for all of you who were hurt from this i am truely sorry for you. i wish that there was something i could say to make your pain go away but there isnt but do know this he is now with god in heaven watching over you he will always be with you in your heart. I didnt actually know Patrick but he was a family friend of my step mother and from what she told me he was a good person. I cant tell you why they did what they did I wish I knew myself I have to live with the fact that my daughters father was a killer and I cant even give her a reason why, the only thing I can tell her about Charlie is that when we were together he was a good man, I know alot of you dont believe that but he was, he just went down the wrong path with drugs. When he was on drugs he wasnt Charles Chorpenning he wasnt the man i loved. My daughter was born April 22, 2007. a month before this happened he never met her all he has are pictures, so for those of you who think that he is not getting punishment in jail your wrong because he has to wake up everyday knowing he has a daughter he will never get to know. But what hurts me the most is that my daughter will never get the chance to know her father, and she will have to carry around her fathers mistakes with her for the rest of her life.
i am sorry for your pain. i don't think people should blame the families cause u can't control all of the things someone else does. now that the hearing's over we just want to be able to try and move ahead with our lives. good luck to you.
WTF

United States

#31 Jul 2, 2008
WTF
CHORPENNINGS REAL UNCLE

Oceanside, CA

#32 Jul 3, 2008
We HATE you for what you did. MAY YOU ROT IN HELL. Ive heard your lies about how your dad killed your mother, who actually left him in 1982. She died of cancer some years later. She would be so proud of you huh. Charles was actually raised by Carl Coch and family from Auburn who now defend him on here. I guess thats because it wasnt theyre name he drug thru the mud.
CHORPENNINGS REAL UNCLE

Oceanside, CA

#33 Jul 3, 2008
Many of us live in the same town this happened in or in the surrounding area. To the Biddle family I would just like to say its Carl's family you need to be upset with. My son was aready approcced by members of your family in a bar in Kendallville. He did not know Charles. I knew Charles till the age of about 5 months when his mother divorsed my brother. Perhaps it some of the people on here who defend him you should be looking for.
CHORPENNINGS REAL UNCLE

Oceanside, CA

#34 Jul 3, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Biddle Family !
CHORPENNINGS REAL UNCLE

Oceanside, CA

#35 Jul 3, 2008
Charles got what he deserved, we're only sorry it came to late.
just a voice

San Jose, CA

#36 Jul 8, 2008
Charlie blames no one except for himself for what he did. u blame carl? at least he was there for charlie as much as he could b what about his real father where was he? oh thats right not there. u said u left charlies life when he was 5 months old then how the hell do u know how he was raised by carl, granted he didnt do the best but at least he tried unlike the the father that should of been there, and i never heard once charlie say that his real father killed his mom, he wanted to b a part of his fathers life but his father wanted nothing to do with him, long before he became a problem child, some father huh! so whoever told u that he said that u might want to tell them to get there story straight cuz they dont know what the hell they r talking about. im not defending charlie for what he did we all know what he did was wrong. and i feel for the biddle family pat didnt deserve what happened, i didnt know him personally but someone close to me was very good friends with him and all i have heard was great things about him, i truly believe he was a good guy. i just wanted to defend charlie and carl on a few other things
Charleys Step Mom

United States

#37 Jul 14, 2008
wow, I think I have heard everything now. Lets get to the truth of the matter. Charleys real father tried many times to get his son to straighten up and get to work and be a man for himself. He even went as far as to give him a job, place to live and opportunity to get things going for himself the right way. What happen? Let me tell you first hand, he decided drugs were more important and didnt have time to work, When his dad gave his bike to get around he sold it. When his dad gave tools to work, he sold them. when his dad gave him money, he stoled a car and left town with underage girls. Please, enough about who did what to whom. Each person is responsible for the way their life turns out. He was given the chance time and time again to change and just wanted to take the easy way out, Which landed him in jail. How all this excelled into turning him into a killer I have no idea, I am sure that he was messed up on drugs. I cannot forgive him and will never speak to him and hope he regrets how he ruined so many lives.

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#38 Jul 22, 2008
A LIFE FOR A LIFE Burn them both, anyone that knows either of the two, knows they are no good. Now the rest of us pay to give them three square meals and a roof.Throw the trash out.
leebriggs

Phoenix, AZ

#39 Jul 23, 2008
I have been a singer songwriter since I left Kendallville in 1968....I was back home in 2003 and was very happy with what I had seen, the community I had lived in was wonderful. I would love to perform one night and be what I have learned. I would also come home to stay. Im in Los Angeles right now , going to Calcery Alberta on the 5th.. Tomorrow I leave for Phoenix.Many of you watched me grow up musically, and it was pretty much a mess untill I went to Los Angeles. I am currently working on a new CD called Magnolia with friends I have accumuleated over the years.The first part of the show would be accoustic second half would be the music we all grew up with.
leebriggs

Phoenix, AZ

#40 Jul 23, 2008
I would prefer to use local muscians as that would feel like home. Interested, Lee Briggs, 1601 W. Camelback Rd. 203...Phoenix Az 85015
leebriggs

Phoenix, AZ

#41 Jul 23, 2008
Groupsa I have played with over the years..Platters, Poco, Shirelles, Drifters, Beach Boys, The Grammy Awards.

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