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Attorney General to file appeal against release of Jill Behrman’s murderer


Police escort John R. Myers II on Oct. 30, 2006, after a jury found him guilty of the 2000 murder of IU sophomore Jill Behrman at the Morgan County Courthouse. Curtis Hill, Indiana Attorney General, plans to appeal an order to release Myers from prison. IDS file photo

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill plans to appeal a Sept. 30 order to release the man convicted in the murder of IU student Jill Behrman, Melissa Gustafson, Indiana Attorney General Public Information Officer, confirmed Thursday. 

Jill Behrman was riding her bike May 31, 2000, when she went missing. Her remains were found in Morgan County in 2003. The cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the back of her head. 

District court judge James Sweeney issued the ruling alleging John Myers' attorneys were ineffective while representing him during the 2006 trial. 

According to the petition, Myer’s counsel made false statements to the jury during opening arguments and failed to object to evidence that should not have been presented.

Previously, in May 2008, Indiana Court of Appeals panel upheld Myers conviction. In November 2013, Myers was denied post-conviction relief. The Indiana Court of Appeals again upheld his conviction in 2015 and the Indiana Supreme Court did not consider his 2015 appeal. 

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