Seymour Man to Plead Guilty in Beating Death of Fiancee

(SEYMOUR) – A Seymour man will serve 14 years in prison in the beating death of his fiancee.

Brian Cogdill

According to court records 45-year-old Brian Cogdill has agreed to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a negotiated plea deal.

Emma Jamison

He admitted to beating to death 19-year-old Emma Jamison on Sept. 6th at their home.

Cogdill was facing a 30-year prison sentence. If Judge Stephen Heimann accepts the plea deal, he will serve 14 years in prison, with ten years suspended and five years on probation.

His sentencing hearing is set for October 3.

Cogdill was arrested Sept. 10, 2018. Three days later Jamison died at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

Jamison was incapacitated by a severe laceration to her head, a broken jaw and bruising all over her body, according to court documents.

Police believe Cogdill beat Jamison because he believed she was having an affair, using drugs and had stolen $300 he had saved for new dentures.

Dr. Thomas Sozio, a forensic pathologist, conducted an autopsy on Sept. 8. His preliminary report indicated Jamison’s death was a homicide, describing her injuries as being brutal.

Police officers responded the evening of Sept. 6 to the home Cogdill and Jamison shared in the 6500 block of North County Road 760 East, south of the Indiana American Water Company.

Cogdill told an officer that Jamison had overdosed.

That officer called detectives because he believed Jamison’s injuries were not consistent with an overdose.

Cogdill later told police that Jamison left their house for hours following an argument and returned home injured. He claimed someone selling her drugs had hurt her.

The autopsy findings determined that Jamison’s head injury would have prevented her from walking once she had received it. Police questioned how she would have received that kind of injury and been able to make her way back home.

During an interview with police, Cogdill’s right hand appeared to be swollen. He told police he had been trying to help Jamison recover before he called 911 and hurt his hand.