50-minute verdict: Myers is guilty

50-minute verdict: Myers is guilty

There are 53 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Oct 30, 2006, titled 50-minute verdict: Myers is guilty. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

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Pastor Richard

Kenosha, WI

#2 Oct 31, 2006
You did a very nice job covering
the Behrman's case
Jesse

Lebanon, IN

#4 Oct 31, 2006
After viewing the interview with the jury, I can "beyond a reasonable doubt" say that they were full of sh*t, and had already considered Myers guilty before entering the deliberation room.

I feel that even though they reviewed all the evidence, they still didn't follow the basic rule of a jury trial, "guilty beyond a reasonable doubt".

After hearing them say they were so deeply moved by the testimony of "Carly", a dope-fiend liar, I knew they were incapable of making rational decisions.

Hopefully they, or none one close to them can be implicated by someone like Carly, in a crime in which they could have been involved in.

Of course, I'm sure they could see the other side of the argument then, that the State has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused committed this crime.

Myers also had one other thing against him....he was butt ugly. Had that had been Brad Pitt on trial, he would have walked like OJ.
Former IU Student

West Lafayette, IN

#5 Oct 31, 2006
Congratulations to the law enforcement officers who doggedly worked this case until they identified the murderer and amassed enough evidence to convict him. Proving this case involved hundreds of small bits of evidence and their persistence finally led to justice for Jill and her family.
Peace advocate

New Palestine, IN

#6 Oct 31, 2006
I don't know if this man was guilty or not, being neither Judge or Jury,but it appears to me from the press coverage,that we just want to convict someone,anyone to clear up the mishandling of this investigation by the authorities. I pray they made the right decision.
David

Monticello, IN

#7 Oct 31, 2006
I am happy that the Behrman's can close this chapter of their lives, but I am troubled that a jury of 12 people can convict a man to prison for what amounts to the rest of his life in less than an hour. Especially in a case that was built on circumstantial evidence and a good bit of speculation.
If he did it, then he deserves to be where he is, but if the prosecution is unable to produce a "smoking gun" and still get a murder conviction then we all have to remember one thing. It could happen to any of us.
Fryhim

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Oct 31, 2006
He is guilty as sin. When asked where were you on the day in question? Here there and everywhere he said like a smart a --. I say hang him! and that stupid smile he has...bet he's not smiling now!
Upset

Crawfordsville, IN

#9 Oct 31, 2006
I can't believe it. No physical evidence. Anybody can accuse anyone of something horrible now, and you can go to prison on the word of someone else. No physical evidence.
Legaltiff

United States

#10 Oct 31, 2006
I agree with Jessie and Peace advocate, I do not think Mr. Meyers could ever receive a fair trial so close to Bloomington. I was an IU student when this tragic act took place, it was on the news and in the papers every day. The trial venue should have been moved, and such fast verdict ensure an appeal. Everyone has the right to a fair trial.
Brad Williamson Odon In

Bloomfield, IN

#11 Oct 31, 2006
Myers must have been guilty.....if I was truly innocent, I would have demanded to be put on the stand to defend myself and telling that to the judge and jury. Where is the alibi that Mr. Baker said Myers had at the time of the killing??? It must have vanished into thin air, just like Baker's defense of Myers.
jeff

Monon, IN

#12 Oct 31, 2006
It seems like Morgan County wins again. They have a great prosecutor, and don't have near the problems that Marion County does with thier two prospective Prosecutors.
IndyRedHead

United States

#13 Oct 31, 2006
Justice is served.
jeff

Monon, IN

#14 Oct 31, 2006
Would we really even be discussing this if the judge would have allowed John Myers criminal background to be presented. It's a good thing the jurors could see right through him, I just hope he didn't have to pay his "Hey I'm in the spotlight" lawyer!
John

Washington, DC

#15 Oct 31, 2006
Of course he's guilty. He left Jill's body to deteriorate in the middle of nowhere. She wasnt found for 3 years. It's hard to have alot of PHysical evidence after years of decaying in the woods. I am soo happy the jury came to this decision. The pain and suffering her family has gone through is unimaginable.
Marlaina

Frisco, TX

#16 Oct 31, 2006
Bravo!
Indy worker

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Oct 31, 2006
Brad Williamson Odon In wrote:
Myers must have been guilty.....if I was truly innocent, I would have demanded to be put on the stand to defend myself and telling that to the judge and jury. Where is the alibi that Mr. Baker said Myers had at the time of the killing??? It must have vanished into thin air, just like Baker's defense of Myers.
If I was innocent I would want to be put up on the stand too. I wouldn't have told investigators I was here or there on the day she went missing either. And that stupid grin on his face. He's guilty. If only he would feel some of the pain he caused Jill. He won't be stripped naked then shot in the head. No...he won't even get a needle in his arm. Instead he'll waste my tax money by being fed in our prisons for the rest of his life.
a person

United States

#18 Oct 31, 2006
to:jesse

he didn't think he was ugly, he thought he had a great smile. I think he knew.
a person

United States

#19 Oct 31, 2006
Fryhim wrote:
He is guilty as sin. When asked where were you on the day in question? Here there and everywhere he said like a smart a --. I say hang him! and that stupid smile he has...bet he's not smiling now!
exzactly!!!!!!
Shirley Bryant

Kenosha, WI

#20 Oct 31, 2006
I live in Martinsville and to say that he got the right jury whould be wrong. It is a sad thing when you don,t really have any thing to go on and say a person is guilty,they will have to llive with it.
Family Friend

Phoenix, AZ

#21 Oct 31, 2006
Jesse wrote:
After viewing the interview with the jury, I can "beyond a reasonable doubt" say that they were full of sh*t, and had already considered Myers guilty before entering the deliberation room.
I feel that even though they reviewed all the evidence, they still didn't follow the basic rule of a jury trial, "guilty beyond a reasonable doubt".
After hearing them say they were so deeply moved by the testimony of "Carly", a dope-fiend liar, I knew they were incapable of making rational decisions.
Hopefully they, or none one close to them can be implicated by someone like Carly, in a crime in which they could have been involved in.
Of course, I'm sure they could see the other side of the argument then, that the State has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused committed this crime.
Myers also had one other thing against him....he was butt ugly. Had that had been Brad Pitt on trial, he would have walked like OJ.
Jesse ~
Carly is not the "dope-fiend liar;" unfortunately, she was the scum's former girlfriend. Carly's testimony WAS very moving and convincing. Carly was incredibly brave to come into the same room and testify (over objection after objection by Patrick Baker) to the things the scum did to her. Wendy Owings is the inmate/"dope-fiend liar." The jury made a rational decision.
Patrick

Memphis, TN

#22 Oct 31, 2006
jeff wrote:
It seems like Morgan County wins again. They have a great prosecutor, and don't have near the problems that Marion County does with thier two prospective Prosecutors.
Unfortunately, most county folks aren't legal "savvy" and are easily manipulated by attorneys who talk over their heads with legalize they don't understand. They respect those that do and too often believe what they are told is the truth. Too often they believe if the finger is pointed at you, you MUST be guilty. Not all jurors are uneducated, unsophisticated in the ways of leagl matters, but believe me most don't have a clue how they are manipulated.

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