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Spengler Appeal For New Murder Trial Denied

Last updated on Friday, June 7, 2013

(SALEM) - Convicted murderer Tammy Spengler will not get a new trial. The Indiana Court of Appeals denied her Attorney Dave Smith’s request for a new trial.

Spengler was arrested for murder after she confessed to killing her boyfriend's father and uncle, Timothy M. Orman and Roy Orman, in June 2011 at their Salem home. She told police she and her boyfriend, Timothy Orman, put the bodies in a shed.

Following her trial in May 2012, Spengler was found guilty of Timothy M. Orman's murder and guilty of aiding in the murders of both men.

The bodies of the two men were in an outbuilding on W. Rosebud Road and had been there for about two weeks. Both men had been shot.

Spengler was sentenced June 20, 2012, by Judge Larry Medlock, to 120 years.

In the appeal, Spengler's attorney contended that the trial court abused its discretion in admitting certain evidence, that the state's evidence was insufficient for the convictions and that Spengler's sentence is inappropriate.

In summary, Spengler, together with her co-defendant, shot and killed her co-defendant's father and uncle, dragged their bodies to a shed, and left the bodies to rot," reads the court's ruling. "We cannot say that her 121-year sentence is inappropriate."

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