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August 13, 2013

UPDATE: Clarksville murder suspects released from jail

Bond modification reunites family members

JEFFERSONVILLE — Two teenage murder suspects were released from jail Friday morning after spending nearly five months behind bars without bonds.

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

The men are charged in the murder of Steven Baldwin, 48, who was found shot to death in his Plum Woods Drive home in Clarksville on March 11.

Stephens’ mother, Jennifer Arnold, said it’s wonderful to have her son returning home, but that she is also saddened the Baldwin family is suffering from its loss.

“I just want the family to know our hearts go out to Steven Baldwin and his family,” she said. “We have been praying for them from the beginning of this process and we just hope they find who did this and that Garreth and Jared [Sowders] can continue with their lives.”

Arnold said she was overjoyed to have her son reunited with his sister, nephew and other family and friends.

“We are very happy to be able to bring him home safe with his family while we continue through this process,” she said. “I don’t know if I will be able to quit hugging him.”

Arnold said her family has never second-guessed the innocence of Stephens or Sowders.

“We have never stopped believing in the boys from the beginning,” she said. “We’ve known from the beginning there is no possible way they are connected to this crime.”

Arnold said her son has attended Indiana State University and began working on his pilot’s license when he was 16 years old, and is on his way to becoming a commercial airline pilot.

“He is smart. He is determined and [becoming a pilot] is what he has always wanted to do, which is why we knew he would never throw away his future and everything he has worked so hard for,” Arnold said.

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