In March 2013 two young men Garreth Stephens & Jared Sowders were arrested in Clark Co. Indiana and charged with the murder of Steven Baldwin, based solely on hearsay from the original suspect in the case who was a known drug dealer.
They spent almost 6 months behind bars before being released on bail.
There was no physical evidence or evidence of any kind that placed either boy at the crime scene.
Both Garreth and Jared had strong alibis.
Garreth was 19 years old, a student at Indiana State, a private pilot who was in the ISU aviation program completing his federal aviation requirements to be a commercial pilot. Jared was 18 years old, had just graduated high school, was sworn into the Army and was getting ready to leave for boot camp.
On November 14, 2014, a jury found Jared and Garreth not guilty.
Defense attorneys Bart Betteau and Perry McCall called the exoneration a vindication.
Bart Bettau stated: “Not only did we prove that there wasn’t enough evidence out there to convict them. I think Perry and I together proved they were absolutely innocent.”