MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - Patrick Baker, the former attorney who represented John Myers in the 2006 Jill Behrman murder case, made a public apology for his actions during the trial. It was an apology that seemed to fall on deaf ears.
The apology came after Baker completed his testimony in a special hearing in Morgan County. Myers is asking for a new trial based on claims that Baker provided incompetent counsel during the trial. In 2011, the Indiana Supreme Court disciplined Baker for professional misconduct during the trial.
Baker was still on the stand when he asked the judge if he could address the families. The judge had just placed the court in recess and left the room.
Baker first addressed John Myers and his mother saying he had done things during the trial that he shouldn't have done ethically.
John Myers sat a few feet away and watched Baker. Myers' mother, sitting in the gallery, turned her back and appeared to ignore the former attorney.
Baker then went on to address Eric Behrman, father of murder victim Jill Behrman.
Still seated on the witness stand, Baker addressed Mr. Behrman by saying, "I want to apologize. I know you went through a lot. I know I had to bring some things out in your daughter's personal life that were not too pleasant."
Eric Behrman found the apology inappropriate saying Baker just doesn't get it.
The apology seemed to catch everyone in court off guard.
"I can't really explain (it) other than he was really adamant about some kind of public statement of his empathy, sympathy and concerns" said Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega.
In the afternoon, Myer's defense team called in an expert witness. Attorney Michael McDaniel took on the role of a Monday morning quarterback. He picked apart Baker's strategy and competency during the 2006 trial.
The hearing continues Wednesday and is expected to wrap up on Thursday. A ruling on whether Myers will be granted a new trial could take weeks.
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