She had been strangled with her own shoestring and a strap cut from the suspenders of her overalls. Semen was discovered on her, which was later matched through DNA analysis to Overstreet. Conviction: Murder, attempted murder, possession of firearm by serious violent felon, receiving stolen property, resisting law enforcement, habitual offender. Mitigating circumstances: Mental retardation, IQ of 60, mental illness, repeated head injuries, traumatic childhood, medical malpractice caused death of Starnes. Summary: While on routine patrol, Beech Grove police officer Matthew Hickey noticed a white van matching the description of a van stolen earlier in the evening.
BENJAMIN RITCHIEMarion County Date of murder: Sept. Hickey gave chase and was joined by Officer William Toney and Sgt. The chase ended when Ritchie wrecked the van, then fled on foot.
Flick, MD is a practicing Psychiatrist (Therapist) in Evansville, IN. Flick graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1983 and has been in practice for 30 years. He currently practices at Gene R Flick MD and is affiliated with Deaconess Cross Pointe and Deaconess Hospital. Flick accepts multiple insurance plans including Aetna, SIHO Insurance Services and Medicare.
During the investigation, police found the body of a missing Charlestown, Ind., woman buried in his back yard and also connected him to a 2003 killing. Mitigating circumstances: No significant prior criminal record, depression and mental abnormalities, irresistible impulse. Summary: Kelly Eckart was an 18-year-old freshman at Franklin College working her way through school with a part-time job at Wal-Mart. 27, 1997, she left work, met briefly with her boyfriend and then drove toward her home in Shelby County. The next morning, her car was found abandoned in a rural area, with its lights on and keys in the ignition. Mitigating circumstances: Deprived and abusive childhood, schizotypal personality disorder/psychological deterioration, hallucination as a child including "demons," mother failed to seek mental help for him, three months in Marines before discharge for mental illness, he loves his children and nieces who idolize him, has only a misdemeanor criminal history, model prisoner since his incarceration.
MICHAEL DEAN OVERSTREETJohnson County Date of murder: Sept. Four days later, her partially nude body was found in a ravine in Brown County. Dearborn County (change of venue from Morgan County)Date of murder: Victim died July 10, 2001, from June 14, 2001, shooting. Summary: Morgan County Deputy Dan Starnes had information that Pruitt had been involved in a burglary a few days earlier in Bloomington and may have stolen guns in his vehicle. Pruitt had a scanner in his car, and it is believed he overheard Starnes say he was going to search the vehicle. A gun battle ensued, with Starnes suffering five gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen. Pruitt also shot at Starnes' 19-year-old son, Ryan, who was in the vehicle as part of a summer internship program. Aggravating circumstances: Victim was law enforcement officer.
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Mc Manus in August agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of life without parole after a federal appeals court ordered that Mc Manus be released or granted a new trial, the Evansville Courier & Press reported. A total of 13 men are awaiting execution on Indiana's death row at Michigan City. Summary: Baer, working construction that afternoon, entered a nearby residence and tried to rape Cory Clark, 26, before using a knife to slit her throat and the throat of her 4-year-old daughter, Jenna. The apparent motive was to feed a drug habit and a deviate sexual appetite.
EARLIER: One man shot four people he overheard talking about him. One female also is facing the death penalty in Indiana, but she is being held in Ohio on a separate murder conviction. Baer also faced rape and burglary charges in Hamilton and Marion counties.
Toney chased Ritchie through several yards and was shot five times with a 9 mm Glock handgun.
One of the bullets missed Toney's bulletproof vest by an inch, cut through an artery, punctured his lung and lodged in his vertebrae.
UPDATE MARCH 29, 2016: Indiana now has 11 inmates on death row, not including a woman sentenced to death in Indiana who is serving a life sentence in Ohio.
Since this story was first published in 2014, two men on this list are no longer facing a death sentence: Tommy R. A federal appeals court in June reversed the death sentence for Pruitt, ruling that he is intellectually disabled, the Indiana Lawyer reported.
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