Guilty Verdict Reached in 1983 Murder Case
February 18th — A jury has found Paul Stucker guilty of the 1983 murder of a man at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. According to Indiana State Police, Stucker, who is from Scott County in southern Indiana, was convicted on February 13th of the murder of Johnny Hodge. Police say Hodge was in a locked cell when Stucker threw several gallons of a liquid accelerant onto Hodge causing him to be burnt alive. The motive for the killing is said to be unclear.
Indiana State Police (ISP) received information in 2005 that Stucker was involved in Hodge’s murder, causing the case to be reopened. All parties in the case were re-interviewed and all evidence in the case was re-examined according to ISP. In 2012 enough evidence was gained for Paul Stucker to be arrested. Police say the case could not have been solved without local citizens who came forward with information.
A sentencing hearing has been set for February 27, 2014 at the LaPorte County Courthouse in Michigan City, Indiana.