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Last updated on Wednesday, November 2, 2011
(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission has suspended the attorney who defended the man convicted of the 2000 slaying of 19-year-old Indiana University student Jill Behrman.
Attorney Patrick Baker was suspended for six months after he took on defendant John R. Myers' case without being asked in hopes of gaining publicity. He then charged Myers' family $1,500 in printing costs for an appeal he had said he'd handle for free.
The commission also says Baker falsely told the jury in his opening statement that a police dog had "alerted" at someone else's house.
The commission says it finds nothing wrong with Baker's courtroom performance other than that statement, and said it is satisfied and that it did not prejudice the case.
Myers was convicted of the crime in 2007 and is currently serving a 65 year sentence.
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