Ind. jury convicts man in inmate’s 1983 death

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana jury has convicted a man in the 1983 murder of a prison inmate who was doused with gasoline and set ablaze in his cell.

The LaPorte Superior Court jury deliberated two hours Thursday before finding 52-year-old Paul Stucker of Scottsburg guilty of murder in the killing of 34-year-old Johnny Hodge.

Stucker was being held at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City when Hodge was killed in October 1983. The Gary man had been serving a life sentence for two slayings.

LaPorte County Deputy Prosecutor John Lake tells the South Bend Tribune Stucker splashed Hodge with gasoline he’d obtained from a prison shop.

He says Stucker was recorded confessing to Hodge’s murder in an undercover videotape taken in 2012 at a southern Indiana motel.

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