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Richard D. HUFFMAN Jr.





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: June 5, 1984
Date of birth: December 31, 1960
Victim profile: Kerry Golden, 29
Method of murder: Beating with tire iron; stomping; manual strangulation
Location: Marion County, Indiana, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on August 23, 1985. Resentenced to 60 years + 30 years concurrent imprisonment on September 26, 1996



DOB: 12-31-1960
DOC#: 853859 White Male

Marion County Superior Court
Judge Thomas E. Alsip

Prosecutor: David E. Cook, Robert P. Thomas

Defense: Gerald DeWester

Date of Murder: June 5, 1984

Victim(s): Kerry Golden W/M/29 (Acquaintance of Huffman, met on night of murder)

Method of Murder: Beating with tire iron; stomping; manual strangulation

Summary: Kerry Golden was introduced to Huffman while at the 50 Yard Line Bar in Indianapolis. They sat together and Golden displayed a large amount of money and marijuana on his person. They met Huffman's longtime friends, Herb Underwood and Rick Asbury and closed down the bar.

They smoked some marijuana in the parking lot together and left in a car with Huffman driving, Underwood in the front, and Asbury with Golden in the back. The car was stopped in a remote area. Underwood got out and pulled Golden from the car.

Huffman and Underwood told Golden to "give up the pot," then attacked him, both punching and kicking him. They stripped off his clothing and Underwood grabbed his penis and lifted him off the ground as Golden screamed.

Underwood then took money from Golden's pants. Asbury got out and kicked Golden and gave his knife to Huffman when he asked. Huffman threatened to kill Golden if he told. Underwood stated that he had to kill him because he did not want to be identified and go to prison.

Huffman got a tire iron from the trunk and both he and Underwood beat Golden. Underwood then told Asbury he had to hit Golden. Asbury "tapped" Golden twice with the tire iron. Asbury testified as the State's star witness at trial.

Conviction: Murder, Felony-Murder, Robbery (A Felony), Conspiracy to Commit Murder (A Felony), Conspiracy to Commit Robbery (A Felony)

Sentencing: August 23, 1985 (Death Sentence - Murder and Felony-Murder merged) 50 years, 50 years, 50 years consecutive

Aggravating Circumstances: b (1) Robbery

Mitigating Circumstances: Alcohol and marijuana intoxication on night of murder, penalty disproportionate to other murder cases

On Remand: 09-26-96 Huffman pled guilty Murder and Conspiracy to Robbery, pursuant to Plea Agreement with a cap of 60 years imprisonment, and was sentenced to 60 years + 30 years concurrent imprisonment.


Richard D. Huffman Jr.



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