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Friday, May 24, 2013

Ind. Courts - 7-day John Myers PCR hearing concluded Thursday

Updating this most recent ILB entry from May 22nd, Laura Lane of the Bloomington Herald-Times reports today in a story ($$$) that begins:

MARTINSVILLE — They sat on opposite sides of the courtroom this week, Jodie Myers behind her shackled son and Marilyn Behrman behind the two men who prosecuted Myers’ son for killing her daughter 13 years ago.

John R. Myers II is serving a 65-year prison sentence for a murder conviction. Jill Behrman disappeared on a bike ride in 2000, and her remains were found three years later in Morgan County. The 19-year-old had been shot.

A seven-day hearing that concluded Thursday brought both families back to Morgan Superior Court. Judge G. Thomas Gray will review thousands of pages of police reports and dozens of taped interviews and witness depositions to determine if Myers’ lawyer so badly represented him that he should get a new trial.

Marilyn Behrman said it was important for her to be in court to hear the testimony, some of it graphic and disturbing. She said being in such close proximity to the man convicted of shooting her daughter in the head with a shotgun is something she accepts as reality.

“Jill deserves to be represented,” she said. “I deal with the whole situation day in and day out. It’s part of my life. Having him around, it’s not a problem.”

Today's H-T story includes a link to earlier stories.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 24, 2013 09:56 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts