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Murder Conviction Handed Down to Scott County Man
Updated February 20, 2014 6:55 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(LAPORTE) - Paul Stucker of Scott County was found guilty of the 1983 murder of Johnny Hodge in a LaPorte County Courtroom in Michigan City and will be sentenced on Feb. 27.

According to Indiana State Police, the murder was committed at the Indiana State Prison located in Michigan City.

Police say Hodge has not revealed why he killed Stucker.

Police says Stucker several gallons of a liquid accelerant onto Hodge who was in a locked cell causing him to be burnt alive.

In 2005, the Indiana State Police received information that Stucker was involved in Hodge's murder and the case was reopened. All parties in the case were re-interviewed and all evidence in the case was re-examined. In 2012 enough evidence was gained for Paul Stucker to be arrested.

Police says this case could not have been solved without the aid of local citizens coming forward with information about the crime.

State Police Detectives were also assisted in this case by local law enforcement agencies in both Scott and Washington Counties and the federal agency, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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