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Man Sentenced to 85 Years After Accidentally Recording Brutal Crime



Clear Facts:

  • Cody Allen Wade of Indiana was sentenced to 85 years in prison for the 2020 attack on his mother’s boyfriend, Carl Haviland.
  • Wade inadvertently recorded the assault after failing to hang up a voicemail, providing critical evidence against him during the trial.
  • Along with the primary charge, additional sentences included battery on law enforcement, battery on a public safety official, and being recognized as a habitual offender.

In a shocking and tragic turn of events, Cody Allen Wade of Indiana was sentenced this Wednesday to a hefty 85 years in prison. This comes after Wade was found guilty for the 2020 assault on his mother’s boyfriend, Carl Haviland.

On June 18, 2020, Wade, then 33, was already on parole for an arson charge. That fateful day, he departed from a cookout and made a chilling confession to another man, expressing his intent to take a life.

Shortly after, he made a call to his mother’s house, leaving a voicemail for her. But in a significant oversight, Wade failed to end the call after leaving the message, inadvertently recording his violent act against Haviland.

“The defendant repeatedly stabbed Carl Haviland not only in front of the defendant’s own mother but did so in spite of her efforts to physically prevent him from committing the crime,” reported Clay County Superior Court Judge Robert A. Pell, as cited by People Magazine.

The chilling recording that Wade inadvertently made proved to be critical evidence against him. Clay County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Zach Clapp mentioned that they played the recording for the jury during the trial, which spanned four days.

Clay County Prosecutor Emily Clarke commented on the gravity of the case, stating, “All murders are gruesome,” and further highlighting the unprecedented nature of having an audio recording of the entire incident.

Evidence from the trial revealed that after the fatal assault, Wade taunted Haviland, even using racial slurs against the victim. Additional details unveiled that Wade was under the influence of methamphetamine during the incident and had been previously diagnosed as bipolar.


Detailing Wade’s sentencing, he received 60 years for the primary charge of the attack on Haviland. Additional charges accounted for another 25 years: battery on law enforcement officers, battery on a public safety official, resisting law enforcement, and for being recognized as a habitual offender.

Factoring in some sentences served concurrently, Wade’s cumulative prison time totals 85 years. It’s noteworthy that he will be credited for the time he has already served since his arrest.

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  1. Aaron DeVandry

    September 14, 2023 at 8:11 pm

    We are told in the 7th/8th paragraph that the attack was fatal, but there is no charge for murder? This is the worst reporting ever.

  2. Douglas

    November 8, 2023 at 7:59 pm

    Sounds like he got life without parole, the idiot got what he deserves.

  3. David

    November 27, 2023 at 9:15 am

    The man’s murder and not just an attack on his person should have been made known to the reader immediately in the headline and/or at the beginning of the article. The reporter didn’t even use the word murder in regards to the killer’s sentencing, “he received 60 years for the primary charge of the attack on Haviland.”

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