Jury acquits 2 charged in southern Indiana slaying

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Jurors have acquitted two men of charges that they killed a southern Indiana man during a burglary of his home.

The Clark County jury deliberated for 10 hours over two days before reaching the not-guilty verdicts Thursday on the murder and burglary charges against 19-year-old Christopher Sowders of Borden and 20-year-old Garreth Stephens of New Albany.

Authorities had charged them in the March 2013 shooting death of 48-year-old Steven Baldwin in the kitchen of his Clarksville home.

The News and Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1x0rGWz ) defense attorney Perry McCall said Sowders and Stephens never wavered in maintaining their innocence since their arrests nearly 19 months ago.

Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull says Baldwin’s widow was devastated and feels she won’t get justice in her husband’s death.

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Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind., http://www.newsandtribune.com

 

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