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November 4, 2013

Trial starts Tuesday in Clarksville woman's murder

Jury selection starts in Clark County for the trial of man accused of shooting woman

JEFFERSONVILLE — Jury selection in the trial of a Corydon man charged in the murder of a 32-year-old mother of five was scheduled to start Tuesday morning in a Clark County court.

Ronald Wayne Shewmaker, 44, is accused of fatally shooting Lisa McQuirt outside of her boyfriend’s Clarksville home on Kenwood Avenue, located at the intersection of Loomis Avenue, shortly before 5 a.m. Feb. 18.

It’s believed Shewmaker was a regular at the Louisville strip club, Bottoms Up, where McQuirt was a dancer. The nature of Shewmaker and McQuirt’s relationship has not been disclosed by the Clarksville Police Department, the agency that investigated the case.

However, a vehicle found at the home was registered to both Shewmaker and McQuirt, police reported.

McQuirt’s boyfriend told police that Shewmaker frequents the strip bar every day and that “ ... Shewmaker is, basically, her money man ... ,” according to the probable-cause affidavit filed by CPD.

Shewmaker will be represented by private counsel, attorney Bart Betteau, New Albany. Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull is prosecuting the case in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1.

McQuirt was found by responding authorities lying on the floor near a side door of the home suffering from multiple gunshots, including one wound to her neck.

McQuirt’s boyfriend immediately identified Shewmaker as the shooter and said that he lives in Corydon.

The boyfriend reported that he had answered the front door of the home after Shewmaker had come to the residence and beat on the door.

“[The boyfriend] stated Shewmaker was very irate and wanted to speak with McQuirt ... ,” according to the affidavit.

The boyfriend told police McQuirt came out of the home, and after he heard a series of gunshots, McQuirt “came falling into the side door.” The boyfriend told police he then laid McQuirt on the ground and waited for paramedics to arrive.

According to the affidavit, a neighbor who had been walking her dog saw Shewmaker outside the home looking around the windows and pounding on the door of the Kenwood Avenue home about 4:40 a.m. The neighbor was able to identify Shewmaker as a man she had previously seen at the home.

She reported to police after seeing Shewmaker beat on the door of the home, he then went to a silver vehicle parked in front of the residence and released the air from all four tires.

A set of keys belonging to McQuirt were found lying on the roadway near the vehicle, police reported.

After returning to her home because she “had a bad feeling,” the woman told police she heard three to four rounds of gunfire.

Clarksville police contacted the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department to assist in locating Shewmaker at his Corydon home. Indiana State Police and HCSD deputies responded to Shewmaker’s home and placed him under arrest.

During the arrest, a 9-milimeter pistol was located and as a search was conducted of Shewmaker’s pickup truck, three 9-mm shell cases that appeared to match shell casings found at the murder scene were located.

According to the affidavit, a substance that appeared to be blood was found on Shewmaker’s shoe.

During the investigation, a Clarksville detective spoke with Shewmaker’s parents, who said that their son had made incriminating statements about his involvement in McQuirt’s murder. Clarksville police went speak with Shewmaker at the Harrison County Jail, where he was temporarily housed after being taken into custody.

“[Shewmaker] stated that he wanted a lawyer and would not speak with us at this time,” according to the affidavit.

He was then transported to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex in Jeffersonville and has remained in the facility since.

A woman who answered the phone Monday at Bottoms Up, McQuirt’s former place of employment, said the staff all knows and loves McQuirt and is worried about her children, but declined to provide any further comment.

Shewmaker has been charged with one count of murder, which carries a sentencing span of 45 to 65 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.

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