Goshen News, Goshen, IN

February 20, 2014

Dunlap murder trial moved

By SCOTT WEISSER scott.weisser@goshennews.com
Goshen News

---- — GOSHEN — The trial of a Bristol man charged with killing a tattoo shop owner has been rescheduled.

Todd A. Stewart, 36, was due to stand trial March 3 in Elkhart Circuit Court. He appeared in court Thursday with public defender Cliff Williams, who asked that the trial be continued. Judge Terry Shewmaker set a new date of April 28.

Shewmaker said another trial is set to begin in Circuit Court April 14. The judge said he thinks that trial will be completed by the 28th.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Vicki Becker said she anticipates Stewart’s trial lasting four days.

“At least four,” Williams quickly added.

Stewart is accused of murdering his business partner, Mark A. Miller, 44, Elkhart, in September 2012.

Miller’s body was found in a barrel near the Six Span Bridge in Elkhart on Sept. 20. Prosecutors say Miller had been shot to death before his body was placed in the barrel.

Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill has stated that a “business associate” of the two men reported seeing Stewart shoot Miller behind the tattoo shop they owned along U.S. 33 in Dunlap. The witness then reportedly helped load Miller’s body into a barrel in the back of Stewart’s pickup truck.

Miller’s disappearance was reported by his sister, Dawn Miller, to Elkhart County police Sept. 10, 2012.