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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 3
Date of murders: March 28, 1996
Date of birth: July 31, 1963
Victims profile: Brandy Southard, 21; John Jay Tyler, 29, and Kathy Tyler, 29
Method of murder: Shooting (SKS Assault rifle)
Location: Warrick County, Indiana, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on June 17, 1997



DOB: 07-31-63
White Male

Warrick County Superior Court
Judge Edward A. Campbell

Prosecutor: Todd A. Corne, Keith A. Meyer

Defense: S. Anthony Long, Dennis A. Vowels

Date of Murder: March 28, 1996

Victim(s): Brandy Southard W/F/21; John Jay Tyler W/M/29; Kathy Tyler W/F/29

Method of Murder: shooting with SKS Assault rifle

Summary: Jay and Kathy Tyler picked up Brandy Southard from her work in Evansville and were chased by Stephenson to an intersection in rural Warrick County, where he emptied a 30 round SKS Assault Rifle into the pickup truck and their bodies. Each were then stabbed repeatedly.

Stephenson was also convicted of the earlier Burglary and Theft from Southard's residence.

(Believed to be the longest and most expensive trial in Indiana history. Jury selection began on September 24; Opening Statements began on December 30; Found Guilty on May 8; Jury recommended death on May 20; 140 total trial days. The defense was allowed 2 attorneys, 2 investigators, a paralegal, a professional photographer, a civil engineer, a forensic scientist, a jury consultant, a neuropsychologist, and a mitigation expert. Sister Helen Prejean was flown in to testify at the sentencing hearing. Claims paid for 2 attorneys fees were $334,156, paralegal fees were $57,788, expert fees were $79,193, investigator fees were $74,493, miscellaneous expenses were over $10,000).

Conviction: Murder (3 counts), Burglary (B Felony), Theft (D Felony)

Sentencing: June 17, 1997 (Death Sentence, Death Sentence, Death Sentence, 10 years, 1 1/2 years concurrent)

Aggravating Circumstances: 3 murders (lying in wait, drive-by shooting rejected)

Mitigating Circumstances:
He has shown that he could be safely imprisoned for Life Without Parole, Some multiple murderers are in the Indiana DOC and not on Death Row.



John Matthew Stephenson



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