Appeal Begins For Man Convicted Of Murdering IU Student

John Myers is appealing his 2006 conviction for murdering IU student Jill Behrman.

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John Myers' appeal hearing is being held in Morgan County.

A post-conviction hearing began Tuesday for the man convicted in 2006 of killing an Indiana University student.

The first day of the trial has largely been procedural in establishing the facts presented in the 2006 trial in which John Myers was found guilty of murdering Jill Behrman.

The defense spent nearly an hour Tuesday morning introducing dozens of transcripts and recordings from those proceedings.

They sought to discredit the work done in the earlier case of Myer’s attorneys Patrick and Hugh Baker. Myer’s lawyers in this case describe the Bakers as less than cooperative with them and said they do not actually know what the lawyers from the previous trial will say when they are called to the stand later on.

Behrman’s father Eric Behrman also took the stand Tuesday. He gave an emotionless recount of his daughter as a cyclist and an IU student and how he found out she was missing.

He recalled going into the family home and finding lights still on and music playing loudly, but she was nowhere to be found.

Police later found her bicycle in rural Indiana near Salt Creek. Her body was also later found in the woods.

This story will be updated.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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