Payne gets new trial in triple homicide

Payne gets new trial in triple homicide

There are 22 comments on the South Bend Tribune story from Aug 31, 2006, titled Payne gets new trial in triple homicide. In it, South Bend Tribune reports that:

The Indiana Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for Charity Payne, who is serving a consecutive 145 years for her role in a triple murder that shocked St.

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Chris DOE

Indianapolis, IN

#21 Sep 30, 2012
disgusted wrote:
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I don't think race has anything to do with Charity's sentence...however I will never look at a black male the same...I listened to the man that found Lynn, Corby, and Wayne tell his story of when he walked into that barn and seen 3 pools of blood...he turned around, walked out and called for help...he was suppose to be there with them that morning. How does the living go on living after a tragedy like this?? These three men all had families...a daughter on the way, grandbabies and grandchildren to enjoy, retirement to enjoy - with one bullet to each of them their lives were taken away...why does the people that caused this tragedy, that pulled the trigger deserve to go on living?!?!
lets show our IGNORANCE and pull out the race card. LOL we all know our jails are full of innocent black people that never did any thing but got cought red handed
Chris DOE

Indianapolis, IN

#22 Sep 30, 2012
Tom Oviedo wrote:
Charity deserves conviction and prison for her role. How much is the question. She put the events into motion for the robbery and subsequent murders with intent to do so.(Quite different than giving directions to the bank without knowing the person plans to rob the bank). Without the information she gave, no robbery would have been planned and no murders would have taken place. She knew or should have known the danger she was putting others in.
However, police did err by not telling her of her rights prior to her incriminating herself. All evidence obtained against her subsequent to that is inadmissable and without that, they likely would not have been able to convict her.
Details here...
Police need to be sure they don't violate rights of suspects. She coming forward and the information she gave police showed her intent wasn't for anyone to get hurt and did lead to the conviction of the other four. Had she had an attorney, I'll bet she would have been able to cut a deal for her cooperation.
In the end, all things considered, her sentence of 7 years time served and felony conviction seems about right. Without the police error, maybe 15-20 years with an involuntary manslaughter charge? She did put the lives of others in danger with her wreckless actions. Murder means she intended to kill someone, which the evidence shows she didn't.

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