News and Tribune

August 13, 2013

Judge modifies bonds of Clarksville murder suspects

Teen suspects expected to be released from jail soon


JEFFERSONVILLE — Two teenage murder suspects are expected to be home soon after spending nearly five months in jail.

Following a hearing in Clark County Circuit Court on Monday, Judge Vicki Carmichael ruled today to modify the bonds of Christopher Jared Sowders, 18, and Garreth Edward Stephens, 19, both of Borden, to $100,000 court cash.

With the new court-cash bonds, postings of $10,000 will allow each man to be released from the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex and placed into home incarceration until the upcoming trial.

The trial was slated for Sept. 3, but during the bond modification hearing, the state requested the trial be delayed. A new trial date was set for Jan 14, 2014.

Carmichael also ruled that the men’s cases will be heard in the same trial, despite requests of defense attorneys’ to have their clients tried separately.

Sowders and Stephens are charged in the March 11 murder of Steven Baldwin, 48, who was found shot to death in his Plum Woods Drive home in Clarksville. The residence has a Sellersburg mailing address.

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