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Last updated on Thursday, May 23, 2013
(MARTINSVILLE) - Luke Myers, brother of convicted murderer John Myers, testified Wednesday. A jury convicted John Myers in 2006 of murdering IU student Jill Behrman in 2000.
Myers is serving a 65-year sentence for the slaying of Behrman, 19, a Bloomington native. She vanished during a Bloomington bike ride in May 2000. Her remains were discovered in a remote Morgan County field in 2003.
John Myers claims his attorney during his trail, Patrick Baker, was incompetent and is requesting the judge grant him a new trial.
Luke Myers told the judge that after the jury found his brother guilty of murdering Behrman, the Myers family met with Baker to discuss what to do next.
At that meeting Baker admitted to the family that he had made some mistakes during the trial. That sent up red flags for the family and they were concerned with having Baker continues as John's attorney during the appeal process. Luke testified that he began to pressure his mother to hire a new attorney.
Defense attorneys then called five witnesses to the stand who independently testified that soon after Jill Behrman disappeared in May of 2000, a woman by the name of Alesha Sowders claimed she and and two other people were responsible for Behrman's death.
All of the witnesses had shared their stories with detectives at the time of the investigation but Baker never spoke to any of the five witnesses or used any of the recorded police interviews during the trial.
The following is a timeline of events in the Jill Behrman murder case.
May 31, 2000 - IU student Jill Behrman goes out for a bike ride. She is not heard from again.
Police get an anonymous call saying there was a red compact car at the intersection of North and West Maple Grove Roads where Behrman was riding her bike.
April 18, 2001 - FBI agents announce that Behrman's disappearance was an accident that someone covered up.
Uriah Clouse is named as a suspect but not charged.
August 2002 - FBI says it is looking for vehicles that were either directly or indirectly involved in a series of events that led to Behrman's disappearance.
Wendy Owings allegedly tells investigators that she, Uriah Clouse and Alisha Sauders accidentally hit Behrman, and that after hitting her, realized she was still alive, stabbed her and threw her body into Salt Creek. Owings implicates Clouse and Alisha Sowders. Both were in jail on other charges.
Investigators drain Salt Creek following Owings' confession. Detectives say they found evidence, but never filed charges.
March 2003 - The remains of Jill Behrman are found by a hunter in Morgan County. Owings recants after Behrman's bones are found.
June 2003 - Jill Behrman's family holds memorial service.
April 10, 2004 - Clouse is released from jail.
December 2004 - Kerry Silvers, a fugitive living in Mexico, is questioned in connection with the Behrman case.
March 2006 - Grand Jury convened in Morgan County.
April 2006 - John Robert Myers of Elletsville arrested and chared in Jill Behrman's murder.
July 2006 - Trial of John Myers postponed.
October 2006 - Jury selection begins in Myers trial.
Myers was convicted of murdering Jill Behrman in October 2006. He is serving a 65-year sentence.
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