MORGAN CO., Ind. (WISH) - An Indiana man is asking a judge to overturn his high profile murder conviction. Back in 2006 a Morgan County jury convicted John Myers of murdering IU Student Jill Behrman.
Myers says his attorney at the time of the trial was incompetent. He now has a new defense team and together they are trying to convince the judge to overturn the verdict.
IU student Jill Behrman disappeared in May 2000 while riding her bicycle in the Bloomington area.
Her remains were found three years later in Morgan County. She had been shot in the back of the head.
Early on in the investigation, Wendy Owings, a Bloomington woman, told police she and two others killed Behrman.
Owings told officers she was in a pick up truck with Uriah Clouse and Alisha Sowders the morning Behrman disappeared. Owings told investigators the truck, which Clouse was driving, hit Behrman.
She said the group of three put Behrman's body in the back of the truck, drove it to a nearby creek, stabbed the body and then dumped the body in Salt Creek in Monroe County.
Despite the confession, police ended up arresting and charging John Myers with the murder.
Myers says his defense lawyer at the time of the trial failed to pursue the Owings information and confession.
After court testimony on Tuesday, Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega pointed out that Owings confession never matched up with the evidence.
"Jill was shot and executed here in Morgan County with a shotgun blast to the back of her head. That is not a stabbing. That is not a drowning in Salt Creek. That is a different cause of death," said Sonnega.
Myers' defense team issued a statement which in part says, "Had trial counsel provided John Myers with the representation to which he was constitutionally entitled, there is a significant chance he would have been acquitted."
Myers lawyer during the trial was Patrick Baker. He is expected to take the stand on Thursday.
In 2011 he was disciplined for professional misconduct during the trial. Attorneys representing Myers expect to take the rest of the week for witness testimony. Due to scheduling issues, the prosecution will not call any witnesses until May 21.
John Myers left the courthouse Tuesday saying nothing. He is currently serving a 65-year prison term.
During the six hours of testimony, he took notes but said little to his attorneys.
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