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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rape - Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: October 9, 1986
Date of birth: December 20, 1960
Victim profile: Michelle Seagraves (female, 22)
Method of murder: Shooting (.41 handgun) - Strangulation with a strap
Location: Decator County, Indiana, USA
Status: Sentenced to death March 21, 1988. Commuted to life September 16, 1993

KENNEDY, STUART S. # 53 & # 72


DOB: 12-20-1960
DOC#: 881972 White Male

Decatur County Circuit Court
Judge John A. Westhafer

Venued from Dearborn County

Prosecutor: James D. Humphrey, Mike Miller

Defense: J. Richard Kiefer, Kevin P. McGoff

Date of Murder: October 9, 1986

Victim(s): Michelle Seagraves W/F/22 (No relationship to Kennedy)

Method of Murder: shooting .41 handgun; strangulation with a strap

Summary: Michelle Seagraves was kidnapped as she was getting into her car in an apartment complex parking lot in Columbus, Ohio.

Witnesses identified Stuart Kennedy as driving Seagraves' Ford Grenada while holding a woman down in the seat.

Other witnesses identified a Corvette following the Ford Grenada from Columbus to Moores Hill, Indiana. The license plate of the Corvette showed it registered to Jackson.

On the same day, the Peoples National Bank in Moores Hill was robbed by 2 men matching the description of Jackson and Kennedy. The Ford Grenada was identified as the getaway car.

Jackson was arrested at his home in Columbus, Ohio as he was getting into the Corvette. Officers recovered $5000 in cash, a .45 handgun, and a submachine gun from the car. Jackson gave a complete confession, directing Officers to the body of Seagraves.

An autopsy showed she had been strangled with a strap still on her neck, and shot once in the back of the neck through her head. Jackson also directed Officers to the bloody clothing worn by Kennedy and Jackson discarded in a dumpster.

Conviction: Murder, Felony-Murder, Kidnapping (A Felony), Robbery (C Felony)

Sentencing: March 21, 1988 (Death Sentence, 50 years, 8 years)

Aggravating Circumstances: b (1) Kidnapping, Robbery

Mitigating Circumstances: None

On 04-28-92 Decatur County Circuit Court Judge John A. Westhafer again sentenced Kennedy to death, again overriding the jury recommendation against death, without a hearing in compliance with Indiana Supreme Court Opinion setting aside death sentence and mandating a “new sentencing determination.

On 04-20-95 Decatur County Circuit Court Judge John A. Westhafer resentenced Kennedy to 60 years imprisonment for Murder in compliance with Indiana Supreme Court Opinion setting aside death sentence and mandating a “new sentencing determination”; to run consecutively with 8 year sentence for Robbery (C Felony), and 50 year sentence for Kidnapping (A Felony), for a total sentence of 118 years imprisonment.


Stuart S. Kennedy -- sentence overturned

Date of birth: 12/20/1960

White male

West Chester, Ohio

Convicted: February 1988 (specific date unknown)

Murder of: Michelle Seagraves, 22, Columbus, Ohio

Murder occurred: Oct. 9, 1986 Kennedy and Donald Lee Jackson (also sentenced to death but his sentence was later overturned) kidnapped Seagraves from her Columbus home and drove her to Dearborn County, near Moores Hill, Ind., where they shot and killed her. They then used her car to rob the People's National Bank at Moores Hill.

Sentenced: March 21, 1988

Sentencing court: Decatur Circuit Court

Sentencing judge: John A. Westhafer

Conviction affirmed but death penalty overturned: Sept. 19, 1991

Resentenced to death: Apr. 28, 1992

Death penalty overturned by the Indiana Supreme Court: Sept. 16, 1993

Resentenced to a total of 118 years: Apr. 20, 1995



Stuart S. Kennedy



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