Man convicted in IU student’s murder to be released

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WEHT) – A federal judge ordered a man convicted in the killing of an Indiana University student to be released from prison.

US District Court Judge James Sweeney in Indianapolis vacated John Myers II’s murder conviction.

Sweeney said Myers’ Sixth Amendment rights were violated after his counsel made false statements to the jury and did not object to evidence which should not have been presented to the jury.

Myers was convicted in the killing of the 19-year-old Jill Behrman and was serving a 65-year sentence.

Behrman went missing in 2000 while on a bicycle ride.

Her remains were found in 2003.

The judge said Myers must be released within 120 days unless prosecutors retry him.

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(This story was originally published on October 2, 2019)

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