Judge orders Jill Behrman’s convicted killer to be released in 2 weeks as he awaits appeal decision


John Myers II

INDIANA — Sunday, May 31, marked 20 years since Indiana University student Jill Behrman disappeared while riding her bike. Her remains were found three years later.

John Myers, the man who was convicted in 2006 of killing Behrman, is expected to be released from prison soon pending an appeal in his murder trial. Myers was sentenced to 65 years behind bars.

In April, Myers asked to be released, citing health problems. He said the medication he takes weakens his immune system making him more susceptible to the coronavirus.

His request was granted on May 29, and he will be released on house confinement June 15. He will live with his mother while he waits for a decision on an appeal in his murder case.

A U.S. district court judge says he got ineffective counsel from his attorney during the 2006 trial. Myers conviction was vacated.

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office appealed that ruling. A decision on the appeal is expected to come in two to six months.

The Office of the Indiana Attorney General said they are reviewing options to appeal the order to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

In the court’s ruling that granted Myers’ petition for release on bond, the judge said the court can not conclude that Myers would be a danger to the public. Court documents cited the state provided no evidence that Myers has a criminal record apart from the vacated conviction or that he has been violent in prison.

Myers is ordered to be placed in quarantine for 14 days.

Upon release, the Myers can not leave the house except for verified medical appointments or at the direction of the probation office.

Myers will be placed on electronic monitoring and he can not have contact with the family of Jill Behrman.

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