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A man convicted in a Middlebury woman’s 2005 slaying appeared in Elkhart Circuit Court Thursday.
Aaron McDonald, 26, is asking the court to set aside the 62-year sentence imposed in April 2006. McDonald was sentenced after pleading guilty to Class A felony counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder and a Class B felony count of criminal confinement.
McDonald and co-defendants Hannah Stone and Spenser Kremptez were convicted of murdering Barbara Keim, 41. Keim was abducted from her apartment in August 2005, taken to a Kosciusko County cornfield and shot to death. Keim was Stone’s mother.
A written petition for McDonald’s post-conviction relief states that McDonald was a minor at the time he was questioned about the crime by police. McDonald was taken into custody in the presence of his mother at his home, the petition reads, and she told police she wanted a lawyer for her son.
“Defendant’s mother was significantly impaired so that she could not initially accompany him to the police station so she sent her two sisters to accompany (McDonald) to the station, where the police questioned (McDonald) without a lawyer,” according to the court document.
According to the petition, police maintain that McDonald’s mother — on his behalf — waived the right to an attorney, so they proceeded to question him without a lawyer at the police station.
“(McDonald) maintains that his mother was not competent at the time to effectively waive his right to a lawyer and his right to remain silent,” the filing reads, adding that McDonald’s mother was “heavily medicated” at the time.
The petition also reads that McDonald’s mother was not competent to have any of her sisters serve as a de facto guardian to him regarding his legal rights.