Case that inspired 'Zachary's Law' gets new court hearing

There are 35 comments on the Banner-Graphic story from Dec 18, 2007, titled Case that inspired 'Zachary's Law' gets new court hearing. In it, Banner-Graphic reports that:

“The Indiana Attorney General is presently considering appealing this recent decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, but that decision does not stay the order that gives me 120 days to ask again for the death penalty”

Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter has refiled a request for the death penalty against Christopher Stevens for the 1993 molestation and murder of 10-year-old Zachary Snider. via Banner-Graphic

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CHRISTOPHER M ORTMAN

Lake Forest, IL

#21 Aug 14, 2009
Nautilus1 wrote:
Hurry up and execute this monster before Sissel and her band of Euro prison pen pals get involved. The victims should have gotten justice long ago.
Mabe we should hurray up and exucute you in his place what sckeletons do u have in your clostest your murder
CHRISTOPHER M ORTMAN

Lake Forest, IL

#22 Aug 14, 2009
show no mercy wrote:
<quoted text>. It is only fitting that i chose the the name "show no mercy".
I was a juror on this case and stevens showed absolutey NO MERCY! he had several chances to let Zachary go and chose not to he bragged about Zachary begging for his life. I could'nt stand the thought of this animal walking the streets at the age of 40 to do it all over again. I asked myself if i could live with my decision and I stand by it even today. I know my decision has saved other children from this creep and that is very good feeling to have. Zachary was brought to justice!
I chose the name "show no mercy"
you may have been a juror on this case but let me guess you were one of those jurors who had there minds made up before you went in let me ask u this how much were you paid by the state to give the virdit you gave be true here i know u were paid off u are no better you are a murder as well and i hope you burn in hell
CHRISTOPHER M ORTMAN

Lake Forest, IL

#23 Aug 14, 2009
you may have been a juror on this case but let me guess you were one of those jurors who had there minds made up before you went in let me ask u this how much were you paid by the state to give the virdiCt you gave be true here i know u were paid off u are no better you are a murder as well and i hope you burn in hell MURDER IS MURDER NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION IS YOU ARE JUST AS BAD GOD DID NOT SAY THOU SHALL KILL THOU WHO KILL DID HE YOU ARE NO BETTER YOU NAZI. CHRISTOPHER STEVEN WILL BE OVERTURNED I WILL FIGHT THE DEATH PENALITY TILL THE END MURDER IS MURDER NO MATTER WHO DOES IT THE EXECUTOR JUDGE LAWYERS YOU ALL ARE GUILTY OF MURDER AND WILL BURN IN HELL FOR YOUR CRIMES
CHRISTOPHER M ORTMAN

Lake Forest, IL

#24 Aug 14, 2009
Nicole Snider - Speer wrote:
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You are a sick individual. You need help. I hope you get it. And don't think for one second I will not be putting the Sherriff's Dept. on alert about you during every last hearing that takes place.
BTW, if you had as much money as you claim, why don't you take some of that money and get yourself a much needed education.
nOW YOU ARE THREATING ME I WILL SEE MY LAWYER HERE TO LET HIM NOW THAT i AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSE I KNOW U LOST SOME ONE U LOVE AS WELL I DON'T WANT TO LOSE SOMEONE I CARE ABOUT EITHER THE BIBLE SAY THY SHALL NOT KILL murder is murder dear no matter what or who does it those doctors executioner are just as bad they are taking a life which is wrong and they will awnser to god on judgement day i will be there at the time it comes to the ne sentensing part i know what Christopher did was so wrong and said i have children myself but think here what if one of your children grew up and did the same thing killed how would you feel how would your heart feel knowing that was your child?
CHRISTOPHER M ORTMAN

Lake Forest, IL

#25 Aug 14, 2009
CFowler wrote:
I am sorry I could not help but be outraged by the stupidity displayed her. Mr. Ortman you are by far one of the most ignorant people I have ever witnessed. This man molested an innocent child and took his life, in what world should that not go unpunished. To claim the Prosecuter seeking the death penalty is a murderer himself is absolutely ridiculous, he is seeking justice for this poor innocent child who had no say in his fate. You sir need to take some the that money you claim to have and put it to much better use and get yourself some therapy because you are a sad and ignorant person.
I am not sick God say murder is murder not matter what taking a life is wrong not matter who takes it answer me this what if this was your kid that murder who would your heart feel then
CHRISTOPHER M ORTMAN

Lake Forest, IL

#26 Aug 14, 2009
show no mercy wrote:
<quoted text>. It is only fitting that i chose the the name "show no mercy".
I was a juror on this case and stevens showed absolutey NO MERCY! he had several chances to let Zachary go and chose not to he bragged about Zachary begging for his life. I could'nt stand the thought of this animal walking the streets at the age of 40 to do it all over again. I asked myself if i could live with my decision and I stand by it even today. I know my decision has saved other children from this creep and that is very good feeling to have. Zachary was brought to justice!
I chose the name "show no mercy"
Who much we you paid off by Tim Bookwalter and the corrution of the state how many other jurors were paid off to favor it the states way tampering with a juror is wrong if this was your child instead of christopher who would you feeel the as his parent murder is murder no matter what andall invoveld will burn in hell for there unjust unfair crimes u are all nothing but fasious nazi
CHRISTOPHER M ORTMAN

Lake Forest, IL

#27 Aug 14, 2009
If my child didnt die i would let Christopher Steven see him and be part of our lives that how much trust i have in him
Nicole Snider Speer

Salkum, WA

#28 Aug 16, 2009
CHRISTOPHER M ORTMAN wrote:
If my child didnt die i would let Christopher Steven see him and be part of our lives that how much trust i have in him
You have children, correct? I will be notifying the authorities. You seemed 'off' the second I read your first response to this thread. I would not be surprised if you are physically or sexually abusing your children yourself. It's obvious that they are emotionally and mentally abused. And BTW, anything I have said to you in this thread should not be taken as a threat, but more as a promise.
You need SERIOUS help. I feel awful for your children.
stevied4u

Indianapolis, IN

#29 Aug 19, 2009
Tim Bookwalter and I have a long checkered history.I met him in 1972.I had meet a girl and got involved.She introduced me to her old boyfriend,Tim Bookwalter.He was the first person I ever bought pot from.Interesting how a person can go from a pot dealer to prosicutor.who might he owe favors to.I agree that Chris Stevens is a sicko.But since when do we as civalised human beings kill people for being sick.Reopen the mantal institutions.Bookwalter though should not be the one to kill Stevens.
Nicole Snider Speer

Salkum, WA

#30 Aug 19, 2009
stevied4u wrote:
Tim Bookwalter and I have a long checkered history.I met him in 1972.I had meet a girl and got involved.She introduced me to her old boyfriend,Tim Bookwalter.He was the first person I ever bought pot from.Interesting how a person can go from a pot dealer to prosicutor.who might he owe favors to.I agree that Chris Stevens is a sicko.But since when do we as civalised human beings kill people for being sick.Reopen the mantal institutions.Bookwalter though should not be the one to kill Stevens.
Regarding Tim Bookwalter, sounds like someone is a little bitter and needs to grow up. As for the we civiliZed (BTW, it's a Z, not an S)humans shouldn't be killing sickos sentiment, god forbid you ever lose a child family member (in this situation MY brother) to a child molesting murderer like Chris Stevens. Then you can come back here and tell me they shouldn't be put to death for their crime. You have no idea.

Also, that big bar down there on your keyboard, the 'SPACE' bar? It's your friend. Use it.
A friend of the family

Atlanta, IN

#31 Sep 8, 2009
I know the Snider family..I am friends with Zachs little sister. and I know how much it hurt her family,everytime people bring it back up the family has to remember that day he passed. I am a Christian too, and I know God will judge him,but I also know in the bible it says an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. God says your sins will be known and you shall perish. Stevens not only killed this 10 year old, but he molested him! i know if I was in the Sniders families shoes, or Beckys shoes or years agos shoes I would want justice! I would want to be able to sleep at night knowing that he is in Hell where he belongs! I remember the night like yesterday..when his mom told me about Zachary, and I know he is in heaven today waiting to be with his family now. God has a reason for everything I do beleive that, But I also know if your so sick you can go look for the boy you just killed with his family youdeserve to burn in hell.. Hell isnt pleasent it is like a volcano in a since, you feel pain and toture and he deserves it. Im sorry but..It s too close to home.. He was a neighbor most of us knew and he betrayed everyone when he killed Zach and messed with others! Im a future lawyer, and I agree with Tim Bookwalter..Id be doing everything in my power to get him to the death penalty too! Evveryone needs to quit worrying about the animals, and dogs and start worrying about Human Life!!! Period!!!
adam

Roanoke Rapids, NC

#32 Feb 1, 2010
Christopher M Ortman wrote:
Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter is a joke he is a murder himself, by allowing the death peanalty to stand he is just as bad a killer, murder, veditive over zelous prosecuter looking to futher his own political ajenda the bible states THY SHALL NOT KILL yes Christopher Stevens was wrong for what he did and we all make mistake and he will awser to God for his errors and ways but what give the courts, prosucter the right to execute prisioner it still is murder they are takeing a life themselves and there is no different from what Christopher Stevens did murder is murder reguardless... it is wrong and i pray for there souls they will awnser to God on judgement day as well... Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter let it go grow up move on your MURDER
The bible also says an eye for an eye so i beleive that it means exactly what it says you get what you give let the punishment fit the crime. He killed that child and mloested them he should be put to death.
Stepehen Smith

Bedford, IN

#33 Feb 2, 2010
show no mercy wrote:
<quoted text>. It is only fitting that i chose the the name "show no mercy".
I was a juror on this case and stevens showed absolutey NO MERCY! he had several chances to let Zachary go and chose not to he bragged about Zachary begging for his life. I could'nt stand the thought of this animal walking the streets at the age of 40 to do it all over again. I asked myself if i could live with my decision and I stand by it even today. I know my decision has saved other children from this creep and that is very good feeling to have. Zachary was brought to justice!
I chose the name "show no mercy"
how much were u paid off to find him guilty there is alway juror tampering what was your fee in this case
Becky Mason

Greencastle, IN

#34 Feb 2, 2010
Ok, listen, there was no jury tampering. I was there for part of the trial. Chris just simply had no defense. He's a sociopath. He has no concience. He had no friends to stand up for him and say he was a nice guy. NO ONE. And the police told me he had a nasty little hit list in his room with the names of all three of my children on it and numerous other children in the neighborhood on it. HE WAS PLANNING MORE MOLESTATIONS AND MURDERS. How do you defend that? Perhaps he is brain damaged, has a chemical imbalance, is demon possessed, whatever, I don't know. I do know he can never be allowed to walk among us ever again because he will be compelled by whatever rules his life to repeat what he has done before. That's the truth of Chris Stevens life. Period. No one can defend that. The Sniders have lived with that truth for almost 2 decades. So stop trying to defend Chris. You can't.
jjj

Sullivan, MO

#35 Mar 10, 2010
Sandra Sampson wrote:
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Christopher, you are an idiot. I wonder how you would feel differently if it were your child?????????
Lets hope he doesnt procreate.

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