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May 1, 2014

BREAKING: Jury finds Stewart guilty of murder

GOSHEN —  An Elkhart Circuit Court jury has found Todd Stewart guilty in the murder of Mark Miller.

The jury returned the verdict after about an hour and a half of deliberation Thursday afternoon at the Goshen courthouse.

Elkhart County prosecutors had alleged that Stewart, 36, Bristol, shot and killed Miller, 44, at Miller’s Dunlap tattoo shop Sept. 7, 2012. Miller and Stewart worked together at the business.

Prosecutors said that after killing Miller, Stewart stuffed his body head-first into a 55-gallon barrel and dumped the barrel in the St. Joseph River. Men working to clear the river of logs found the sealed barrel containing Miller’s corpse near the Six Span Bridge Sept. 20, 2012.

The trial began Monday. Jurors heard testimony this week from witnesses including police investigators, the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy on Miller’s body, and Miller’s sister and ex-wife. They also heard from a co-worker who said he was at the tattoo shop the night Stewart shot Miller.

Read Friday’s Goshen News or visit us online at www.goshennews.com and on Facebook for complete coverage of the trial conclusion.

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