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

Rockford, IL

#1 Jan 31, 2008
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
what are you thinking

Columbus, OH

#2 Jan 31, 2008
going for the death penalty does NOT make him just as bad. so should they just slap him on the wrist and tell him he was bad for doing that to a CHILD????? i'm sure that would really help solve all the violence if the worst punishment they thought they would get was a freakin slap on the wrist.
Funny irony

Provo, UT

#3 May 27, 2008
I was doing an internet search for my name and found this...I'm Christopher M Ortman in Utah and I was born and raised in Columbus, OH where the second person making a statement is from......hahahhaha
As far as the article that is what is GREAT and BAD about our country people can do what they want....let him file as many times as he wants its his right....as for the death penalty...the country is bound by its laws to do something......and religiously God will take care of it all, but Religion aside or without a religious belief something must be done.
Jesus in Merrillville

Langsur, Germany

#4 Jul 2, 2008
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
If God is a fallacy, you're going to feel really bad for turning down justice. Zachary had no say, he doesn't get a second chance...Does your God feel for that or is (insert pronoun here) partial to those that offend others? Mr. Bookwalter could be as emotional as you on this topic in which it's a merely a difference of opinion in which his voice is heard more loudly than yours (based on job title...)
You shouldn't pass your spite and vindication for others onto God...You're big enough to handle confrontation better than that (certainly pationate enough that you should be able to argue your side with something more tangible than God said it's bad...) after all, if there were a real seperation of church and state, the Bible would hold no weight in decision-making.
Classmate

Atlanta, IN

#5 Jul 26, 2008
Through random ways I found myself at this site and I could not help but comment. I was a classmate of Zachary Snider. The last memory I have of him is playing basketball during recess at school. As a 10 yr. old at the time, I had a hard time understanding his disappearance, why it happened, or even what molestation was. His murder not only affected Zachary and his family, but the entire community. No child should ever have to experience what he did, nor should a child ever experience such an event happening to a friend. I support the death penalty. I feel it would be more of sin to allow an individual who committed such a horrendous act to continue to pollute our society. God will still handle his final judgment, he would just be arriving there in a quicker fashion.
Sandra Sampson

Bloomington, IN

#6 Sep 3, 2008
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
Christopher, you are an idiot. I wonder how you would feel differently if it were your child?????????
Nicole Snider- Speer

Clayton, IN

#7 Sep 10, 2008
This is Zachary's older sister. 15 years, we have been waiting for Chris Stevens to be put to death. 15 years have gone by without my little brother in my life. Killing Chris Stevens will not bring my brother back, but I will feel better knowing that this world is finally rid of the scumbag that took my brother from my family. He deserves to die for what he did to my family. Christopher, you have no CLUE what this man did to my family, did to my life. What Chris Steven did was not a mistake, it was cold blooded MURDER. Get a clue.
Christopher M Ortman

United States

#8 Oct 2, 2008
Sandra Sampson wrote:
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Christopher, you are an idiot. I wonder how you would feel differently if it were your child?????????
What if it were your son that was charged with this or your father how would u feel to h ave him put to death it works both ways
Christopher M Ortman

United States

#9 Oct 2, 2008
Nicole Snider- Speer wrote:
This is Zachary's older sister. 15 years, we have been waiting for Chris Stevens to be put to death. 15 years have gone by without my little brother in my life. Killing Chris Stevens will not bring my brother back, but I will feel better knowing that this world is finally rid of the scumbag that took my brother from my family. He deserves to die for what he did to my family. Christopher, you have no CLUE what this man did to my family, did to my life. What Chris Steven did was not a mistake, it was cold blooded MURDER. Get a clue.
well im sorry for you loss but murder is murder and i will be fight for chris i have the time and money to do so im also sueing bookwalter in due time murder is murder and you all will answer to GOD on judment day and I can;t wait to be there to see it i will be at every hearing hear to voice my opions on this matter in court and to the meadia
Nicole Snider - Speer

Fillmore, IN

#10 Nov 23, 2008
Christopher M Ortman wrote:
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well im sorry for you loss but murder is murder and i will be fight for chris i have the time and money to do so im also sueing bookwalter in due time murder is murder and you all will answer to GOD on judment day and I can;t wait to be there to see it i will be at every hearing hear to voice my opions on this matter in court and to the meadia
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.
CFowler

Casselberry, FL

#11 Nov 23, 2008
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.
Lisa Kabzinski

Putnamville, IN

#12 Dec 14, 2008
Nicole, I stand behind you loud and strong. People do not understand the shoes you have walked in, or the shoes my family too has walked in because of Zach's loss. I am a Christian and I believe God has the final say, but I also understand he would never stand for this to go unanswered.

We will all sleep better when he is finally dead. My best wishes to you and yours.
Marla

Evansville, IN

#13 Mar 19, 2009
Christopher M. Ortman, Lafayette, IN ------ Maybe you defend this POS because you too fight "urges" and can "identify" with Christopher Stevens??? It takes one to know one. Don't bring God into this. Remember and eye for an eye. You sick bastard.
show no mercy

Lafayette, IN

#14 Mar 26, 2009
Christopher M Ortman wrote:
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What if it were your son that was charged with this or your father how would u feel to h ave him put to death it works both ways
. 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"
Becky Mason

Covington, IN

#15 Apr 20, 2009
My children and I were neighbors of Christopher Stevens. He spent time at my house. So did Zach. Christopher Stevens sat on my sofa only a few hours after killing Zach and told me that Zach was missing. He didn't even break a sweat. He even walked with me to Zach's house and talked to his mother with me. He went with us to search for Zach. He is a monster with no concience. Every breath he breathes is a breath he stole from Zach Snider.
years ago

Mathis, TX

#16 May 30, 2009
I was once violated by this man. I believe that he should get what he deserves and if that is death then so be it.
Years ago

Detroit, MI

#17 May 31, 2009
It really makes me wonder how many children in my community that he may have violated?? It upsets me to know that I actually hung out with this man that there were times that I was alone with him.
Becky Mason

Covington, IN

#18 Jun 2, 2009
This is for Years Ago. I hope that you have gotten help for what was done to you by Chris. What was done was not your fault. You were manipulated by a sociopath. Don't let him ruin the rest of your life by dwelling on what he did. You conquer him by helping yourself and living a happy and healthy life. That is something he will never have. Please do it for yourself.

Since: Feb 09

Delray Beach, FL

#19 Jun 2, 2009
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.
SCook

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Jul 19, 2009
Jesus in Merrillville wrote:
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If God is a fallacy, you're going to feel really bad for turning down justice. Zachary had no say, he doesn't get a second chance...Does your God feel for that or is (insert pronoun here) partial to those that offend others? Mr. Bookwalter could be as emotional as you on this topic in which it's a merely a difference of opinion in which his voice is heard more loudly than yours (based on job title...)
You shouldn't pass your spite and vindication for others onto God...You're big enough to handle confrontation better than that (certainly pationate enough that you should be able to argue your side with something more tangible than God said it's bad...) after all, if there were a real seperation of church and state, the Bible would hold no weight in decision-making.
AMEN!

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