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Judge Denies Myers New Trial

Last updated on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

(MARTINSVILLE) - A judge has denied a new trial for the man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride.

Morgan Superior Court G. Thomas Gray ruled Monday that John Myers II received a fair trial in the murder of 19-year-old Jill Behrman of Bloomington.

Gray acknowledged some issues with defense attorney Patrick Baker's actions in the case but said none cast doubt on the overall substance of his defense of Myers.

Baker's actions in the case resulted in misconduct charges and a suspension of his license to practice law by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Bloomington resident and Indiana University Jill Behrman, 19, disappeared on the morning of May 31, 2000 after going on a bike ride. Her remains were found three years later in March 2003 in a wooded area in Morgan County.

John Myers II was arrested in April 9, 2006 and charged in connection with Behrman's death. Behrman's bike was located within a mile of Myers' residence. She suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

In 2006, Myers was convicted of killing Behrman and sentenced to 65 years in prison.

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