Monday, October 30, 2006

Justice For Jill Behrman

A Morgan County jury found John Myers guilty in the death of IU student Jill Behrman six years ago after deliberating less than one hour--forty-five minutes to be more precise. I'm sorry, but this was a case built strictly on circumstantial evidence. The prosecution presented no direct evidence linking Myers to Behrman's death. The circumstantial evidence may well have been sufficient to convict Myers, but I would expect a jury to spend more than forty-five minutes reviewing all the evidence they've heard over the past couple of weeks. At least give us the impression you engaged in serious deliberations to confirm your conclusion before rushing out a verdict.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wonder what ever happened to Molly Datillo that disappeared. I can't imagine what those families go through when they have a child go missing. There is just too much killing in this world, and closer to home in our own city.

Bil Browning said...

Something we definitely can agree on. They rushed a very serious job. The prosecutor wasn't able to show any physical evidence at all - only circumstantial evidence!

They said that he talked about the case and knew things most people didn't. In that case, Karr killed Jon Benet...

I hope the person who killed Jill Behrman gets what's coming to them. But I'm afraid they just convicted the wrong person.

Anonymous said...

Amen, Bil.

But, it is Morgan County.

Fifty minutes? Unless the news accounts of the case were misleading (which is a definite possibility), there wasn't enough evidence here to convict.

Jill deserved justice, no doubt.
Just not sure she got it.

Anonymous said...

Somehow the deliberations likely went as follows: "Anyone here got anything to say before we find him guilty?"

Molly Datillo - still never found.

Anonymous said...

I listened to juror interviews on the news. I wanted this to be justice, because Jill's death was just senseless.

This was not justice. Not even close. You can cloak yourself in the false belief that it was justice, but these folks did not listen to the judge's instructions, unless this judge was a complete moron.

Then again, it is Morgan County...

Anonymous said...

Remind me never to commit a crime in Morgan County.

Karen W. said...

I definitely would have liked to have been privy to all of the evidence. We only know what we were told. I'd like to believe the 12 juror's who heard all of the evidence were able to make a more educated decision that you or I.

Anonymous said...

Listen to the jurors' comments, Karen, and you'll agree with the above post. Never commit a crime, or be accused of one, in Morgan County.

As for the jurors' minds, the word "closed" pops up.

But, as AI knows, that alone is not grounds for appeal. This guy may well have done it. For the sake of justice, I sure hope he did. Jill's family needs the relief that a guilty verdict should bring.

But don't for a minute think it was justice.