1983 Murder of (PA) Man with a Baseba...

1983 Murder of (PA) Man with a Baseball Bat

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Old Time Springfielder

Saint Petersburg, FL

#1 May 25, 2013
I'm trying to get information relative to a 1983 murder of a man (I believe from PA) who was passing through Springfield and hooked up with a few kids in their late teens early 20's. They partied at a few bars and went back to one of their apartments where the man fell asleep. While attempting to rob the guy he awoke and they beat him to death with a baseball bat. They placed his body in the trunk of his car and hid it in a ramdom garage. The police arrested a couple two or three people for the crime and one of them - the guy who beat him to death with the baseball bat - was given a life sentence. I believe they initially tried it as a capital murder case with a death penalty specification however believe he ended up getting life without parole. Just wondering the name of the murderer and the others involved. Also wondering if he or they are still imprisoned. Hopefully he hasn't been paroled as it was a pretty heinous crime.
know what happened

Shelbyville, IN

#2 May 31, 2013
Old Time Springfielder wrote:
I'm trying to get information relative to a 1983 murder of a man (I believe from PA) who was passing through Springfield and hooked up with a few kids in their late teens early 20's. They partied at a few bars and went back to one of their apartments where the man fell asleep. While attempting to rob the guy he awoke and they beat him to death with a baseball bat. They placed his body in the trunk of his car and hid it in a ramdom garage. The police arrested a couple two or three people for the crime and one of them - the guy who beat him to death with the baseball bat - was given a life sentence. I believe they initially tried it as a capital murder case with a death penalty specification however believe he ended up getting life without parole. Just wondering the name of the murderer and the others involved. Also wondering if he or they are still imprisoned. Hopefully he hasn't been paroled as it was a pretty heinous crime.
the name of the murderer is billy wayne penix the other arrest was tom shaw
Old Time Springfielder

Saint Petersburg, FL

#3 May 31, 2013
Thank you.
Reminisce

Canton, OH

#4 May 31, 2013
How old would Tom Shaw be? I know a Tom Shaw....
Just sayin

Troy, OH

#5 Jul 2, 2013
Reminisce wrote:
How old would Tom Shaw be? I know a Tom Shaw....
Me, too.. I was wondering that when I read it... the Tom Shaw I know is about 45-50... he used to live on Highland Ave 1995-99
Reminisce

Canton, OH

#6 Jul 4, 2013
Yep, that's him. With a girl named Tammy. Lived on York Street before that. What happened to him? Haven't seen him in years!
Just Curious

Orlando, FL

#7 Jul 4, 2013
Reminisce wrote:
Yep, that's him. With a girl named Tammy. Lived on York Street before that. What happened to him? Haven't seen him in years!
What was he charged with and how much time did he get for testifying against Penix. If memory serves they (I believe a girl was also involve) were all involved in robbing the guy while he slept. Not sure if anyone other than Penix did the beating though. I though Tom Shaw was initially charged with first degree premeditated murder along with Penix and girl with tampering with evidence, obstruction and mutilation of a corpse. This is all going from memory as can't find any details about the case online. Anyone know the girls name and the victims name. Poor guy and such a sad situation for his family. Out of town on business just looking for a good time and understand he picked up the tab for all of them and this was how he was repaid. They should all still be in prison never to see the light of day - F'G THUGS - IMO. I hope life has not been kind to these pathetic waste of human existence and read this thread so they know it hasn't gone away with time. Or someone from the family of the victim so they know their loved one is gone but not forgotten.

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