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Jurors To Determine Fate Of Murder Suspect Today
Updated May 5, 2013 1:07 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(BROWNSTOWN) - Jur­ors in the trial of a 24-year­ old rural Crothersville man accused of murdering his father three years ago should begin their delibera­tions sometime today.

Aubrey Woods of the Tribune reports the end of the evidence portion of John Aaron Shoultz III's trial came shortly after 1 p.m. Thurs­day in Jackson Circuit Court when the defense rested after calling three witnesses.

Shoultz is accused of murdering his father, John Shoultz Jr., on May 2, 2009, at their home on South Indi­ana 39 in the Crothersville area.

Shortly before the de­fense rested, Judge Bill Vance rejected a request from Shoultz's attorneys, Alice Bartanen Blevins and Ethan Bartanen, to recall prosecution witness Andrea Howard.

Howard, Shoultz's ex­girlfriend, was the first witness the state called to the stand. Her testimony revolved around events in the weeks and days lead­ing to the murder, includ­ing the time that the defendant fired four shots, three of which struck the elder Shoultz, inside the couple's bedroom.

Blevins said a subpoe­na was given to Howard's attorney ask­ing that Howard appear in court at 1 p.m. Thurs­day.

Howard, however, did not show up Thursday, and Vance said he didn't think that qualified as serving her with a sub­poena.

Vance also questioned Shoultz's attorneys about what they planned to ask Howard if she was called back to the witness stand. Ethan Bartanen said they wanted to clear up some of the incon­sistencies in some of her statements, includ­ing one about the length of her relationship with the younger Shoultz, a trapdoor in the bedroom where the murder occurred and her fear for her dogs shortly after she and John Aaron Shoultz taped together the legs of a Chihuahua that belonged to Ronda Shoultz, his mother.

According to the prob­able cause affidavit, Shoultz told police he fired one shot in the ceil­ing before firing three shots at his father because he feared his dad was going to cut him or Howard after the inci­dent involving the Chi­huahua, named Tiny Tot. Vance called the jury back into the room after declining to grant that request, and the defense immediately rested its case.

Shoultz did not testify on his own behalf.

The day began with the state resting after a pathologist from Louis­ville, Ky., testified.

The defense then put Robert England, Vasco England and Jessica Marcott on the stand before a lunch break.

Those witnesses gen­erally presented evi­dence about the rela­tionship between the defendant and his father and an earlier incident in which the father fired a gun in the air and told the son to get off his property.

Vance dismissed the jurors for the day after the defense rested to allow time for jury instructions to be put together.

Vance ordered that the jury return to court at 8:30 a.m. today for closing arguments and final instructions be­fore beginning their deliberations on the guilt or innocence of Shoultz.

John Shoultz Jr.
John Shoultz III

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