Emergency Motion May Keep John Myers In Jail

(MORGAN CO.) – The man convicted of the 2000 murder of IU student Jill Behrman is slated to be released from prison on June 15, but an emergency motion filed Friday by the Indiana Attorney General’s office, if approved, could stop the release of John Myers.

John Myers

A May 29 order by U.S. District Court Judge James Sweeney approved Myers’ request to be released until the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals makes a decision on the validity of his 2006 trial.

In Sept. 2019, Sweeney ordered that Myers be released, stating he received ineffective counsel from attorney Patrick Baker during the 2006 trial. The order gave a 120-day deadline for his release, which was later extended based on a subsequent order from the Indiana Attorney General.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard the appeal against the September order on May 26. It could take two to six months for a decision.

Jill Behrman

Myers has served almost 14 years of the 65-year sentence for abducting and shooting Behrman while she was out riding her bike on May 31, 2000. Her remains were found by a hunter in 2003 in a wooded area in Morgan County.