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Wednesday, October 30, 2019 1:00 am

Trial set in fatal beating at motel

Boyfriend to face jury in early April

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A judge on Tuesday scheduled an April trial date for a Fort Wayne man accused of beating his girlfriend to death at a motel. 

David Fabela, 36, had been found incompetent to stand trial after three doctors examined him. Allen Superior Court Judge David Zent found him to be competent Tuesday, after state officials filed a report with the court in August. A three-day trial is scheduled to begin April 7.

Fabela is charged with murder in the May 15, 2018, slaying of Michelle Funk-Pike, 47. Her body was found inside a room at the Regency Inn on Coliseum Boulevard West. She suffered blunt force injuries to the head, neck and chest and was strangled, investigators said. 

Witnesses told police they saw Fabela wandering the motel, telling guests he'd killed his girlfriend and her body was in his room.

“(Fabela told the witness) 'I murdered her, she been up there for two days in a blanket,'” court documents state. “(The witness) stated Fabela then offered him his Chinese food and made a reference about it being his last supper.”

He was held at a state hospital, and officials with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration's Division of Mental Health and Addiction were ordered to submit a report “as to the defendant's progress and probability of restoring competency.” A judge must decide legal competence.