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xx Karen Jo Smith - December 27, 2000 - IN
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Circumstances of disappearance: Karen was last seen with her ex-husband, Steve Halcomb (shown in the photo at the right), at her residence around the 800 block of Weghorst Street at approximately 10:30 pm on December 27, 2000. Steven Halcomb was indicted for Karen Smith's murder by the Marion County Grand Jury in August 2003. Smith's body has never been recovered.

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xx Lack of a body won't stop trial
« Reply #1 on: Dec 6th, 2004, 09:30am »

Four years ago, Karen Jo Smith disappeared after she told her former husband to get out of her home.

Today, Marion County prosecutors are prepared to begin the difficult task of persuading a jury to convict Steven D. Halcomb of murdering Smith, even though her body has never been found.



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No DNA. No autopsy. No blood stains.

There's not even an official cause of death. Halcomb's only link to the crime comes from circumstantial evidence and statements he made to family members and cellmates.

Prosecuting a case such as Halcomb's is more difficult than in a typical murder trial, said Steve Johnson, executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council.

"They're going to have to show somebody is dead and that the defendant is responsible for that," Johnson said. "Sometimes, circumstantial evidence can be stronger than direct-evidence cases, but it's still circumstantial. There's no murder weapon and, most of all, no body."

Although such cases are uncommon, at least one Marion County jury has sent a convicted murderer to prison despite the absence of a body. In 1997, Michelle Engron Jones was sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing her son, even though 4-year-old Brandon Sims' body had never been located.

Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Ellen Corcella declined to comment on the Halcomb case, but court documents indicate she is confident she'll prove the case against Halcomb.

"The admissions and acts which the state seeks to introduce constitute proof of Halcomb's motive, intent, preparation, planning and knowledge in connection with his murder of Karen Jo Smith," Corcella wrote in a document filed Feb. 27.

Halcomb's lawyer, Dirk Cushing, did not return phone calls.

Smith, 35, was last seen alive Dec. 27, 2000, the day she told Halcomb to move out of her Indianapolis home. The next morning, she and Halcomb were gone; so was Halcomb's car. Smith had left her car, her valuables and her two children, Brandon, then 12, and Stephanie, then 8.

Much of the prosecution's case rests on statements Halcomb allegedly made to others. Court records say Halcomb told cellmates he strangled Smith and that he gave his former wife a "one-way ride" out of Indianapolis.

In a recorded jailhouse phone call, records say, Halcomb told his father "there is no crime scene," and "they're not going to find a thing."

Prosecutors also plan to introduce records showing Halcomb abused, stalked and attempted to hire someone to kill Smith before her disappearance.

While such evidence may appear damaging, experts say prosecutors will have to spend a lot of time simply trying to prove that Smith is dead.

Halcomb's defense could argue, for example, that Smith skipped town to avoid paying her bills. She had financial problems and had filed for bankruptcy in March 2000.

"When you don't have a body or an autopsy, the defense theory is to raise reasonable doubt as to whether or not there's been a homicide at all," said Henry Karlson, who teaches criminal procedure at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.

On the other hand, Karlson said, the case appears to show strong motive and intent.

"It's exactly the type of case where people do get convicted."

Still, prosecutors may be taking a big risk by bringing Halcomb to trial, said Valparaiso University School of Law Professor Derrick Carter.

The defense is likely to ask the judge to dismiss the case for lack of evidence, Carter said. If the judge agrees, Halcomb would be freed and could never be tried again for Smith's murder.

"They (Marion County prosecutors) must feel they can win it, that they have enough evidence to survive that hurdle," Carter said. "They think if they can survive that, they can convince the jury that he's guilty."

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xx Man on trial for murdering ex-wife
« Reply #2 on: Dec 7th, 2004, 10:30am »

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Dec. 7 - It's a case that's actually four years old. Karen Jo Smith has been missing since December 27 of 2000, the day she told her ex-husband to move out.

The next morning, Smith was gone.

But with no body, no DNA and no autopsy report, much of the prosecution's case rests on circumstantial evidence. According to court records, 39-year-old Steven Halcomb told three cellmates he strangled his former wife and gave her what he called a "one-way ride" out of Indianapolis.

Defense attorneys will counter by raising the possibility that Smith may have killed herself. During pretrial testimony, her son admitted she had attempted to commit suicide just a few months before her disappearance.

Now, cell phone records may be key pieces of evidence in the case. Records indicate Halcomb used his cell phone to call Smith 106 times in the 105 days leading up to her disappearance. After that day, however, the calls stopped.

The case took four years to go to court largely because Halcomb initially fled the state and was just arrested in Denver last year
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xx Halcomb Trial Presents Challenge for Both Sides
« Reply #3 on: Dec 8th, 2004, 07:21am »

(Marion County-December 7, 2004) - Lawyers delivered opening statements in Steven Halcomb's murder trial Tuesday. He's accused of killing a woman whose body was never found, four years ago. The case presents an unusual challenge for attorneys on both sides.

Halcomb is accused of killing his ex-wife, Karen Jo Smith. She disappeared four years ago. There was no crime scene and no murder weapon.

That makes the prosecution's burden of proof more difficult than usual. Professor Henry Karlson teaches law at IUPUI. He says the state needs to prove three things: "First, that the person is dead. Second, that person's death was not by natural causes, or a homicide. Third, is that the defendant did it.”

Attorney Jennifer Lukemeyer is watching the case, too. She says Halcomb's defense attorney needs to keep one thing in mind. The “defense attorney doesn't have to prove anything. In this kind of case, he should keep the jury focused on the state having the burden,” she said.

The prosecution admits it's light on direct evidence. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's a slam-dunk for the defense.

In its opening statement, the prosecution noted Halcomb's history of domestic violence, and his own brief disappearance at the same time Smith vanished. Halcomb was supposed to testify about the case before a grand jury, but he left the state instead. Police arrested him in Colorado.

Finally, according to court documents, Halcomb bragged to jail cellmates about strangling his ex-wife.

"Once the prosecution presents a strong-enough circumstantial case, the jury is going to want some explanation for her missing, and some explanation for her body not being found,” said Karlson.

Observers say the state must convince the jurors that Halcomb had the motive and opportunity to commit murder. If convicted, he could get 65 years in prison.
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xx Piecing together 4-year-old puzzle
« Reply #4 on: Dec 10th, 2004, 07:37am »

A few days before she vanished in December 2000, Karen Jo Smith stood face to face with her ex-husband in the kitchen of her Indianapolis home.

A festive Christmas night had turned sour when Steven D. Halcomb accused Smith of sleeping with a family friend. The friend had stopped by to exchange hugs and well-wishes with the family, according to court records.

Like so many times during their rocky three-year marriage, Smith and Halcomb were yelling, calling each other names. Police think she ordered him out of the house.

But unlike those previous times, Karen's son Brandon Smith was not so young anymore.

Several years earlier, Brandon says, he watched his stepfather "backslap" his mom and split her lip in the front seat of the family car.

This time, the 12-year-old boy stormed into the kitchen and demanded they stop fighting. It worked. Halcomb, who was staying at the home after his release from prison though the couple were divorced, left the room.

"My mother grabbed me and hugged me," Brandon recalled during testimony at a pretrial hearing. "(She) told me thank you and that she loved me."

Two days later, Karen Jo Smith disappeared at the age of 35.

Today, Halcomb goes on trial in her killing -- although her body has never been found -- and Brandon Smith, now 16, will be asked to recount that story and others as a witness for the prosecution.

Opening arguments are set to begin at 8:30 a.m. in a trial that could last all week. With no body and no crime-scene evidence, prosecutors will rely on the testimony of family, friends, three state prisoners and circumstantial evidence to make their case against Halcomb, 39.

Defense attorneys will counter by raising the possibility that Smith may have killed herself. She had attempted to commit suicide just a few months before her disappearance, a fact that her son admitted during pretrial testimony, according to a transcript.

Nearly 50 witnesses and 218 exhibits will be scrutinized by a jury of seven men, five women and two female alternates, which was seated Monday afternoon in Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson's courtroom.

They won't hear details of Halcomb's criminal history, which includes a conviction for dealing cocaine, dealing marijuana and causing the death of another person while driving drunk.

And while they will hear three prisoners share "jail-cell confessions" of the defendant, they won't hear the claim made by another prisoner, Troy Heath, who wrote to the judge that he had heard the defendant tell of chopping up his ex-wife's body in a meat grinder in Missouri and feeding the pieces to hogs.

Heath will not be called to testify. Prosecutors have not said why.

Smith worked as a hair stylist at Fiesta, a Beech Grove salon. This week, a few co-workers will testify about what life was like for Smith.

Debra Vermillion, a friend and co-worker who painted Smith's nails on the day she married Halcomb in October 1991, is expected to describe how Smith would receive a number of phone calls -- several each day -- from Halcomb.

Vermillion also is expected to describe how Halcomb acted like a stalker, parking his car outside the salon and staring at the doorway.

Another co-worker, Millie Southwood, is expected to tell of a time when she walked in on the couple during an argument and saw Halcomb with his hands wrapped around Karen Jo Smith's throat.

He was saying, "You won't leave me. I will kill you and no one will find you," Southwood said in pretrial testimony.

Defense attorneys likely will object to such testimony, but Judge Magnus-Stinson already has ruled that prosecutors can introduce testimony and evidence describing the couple's relationship and the altercations they had.

Kim Light, Smith's sister, is expected to testify about what she called almost daily arguments between the couple during their three years of marriage, which ended in divorce in 1994.

Light also is expected to tell about a day in February 1994 in her home when she says the couple had a violent fight that ended when Halcomb pushed Smith over a couch -- an episode that prompted her sister to file battery charges against Halcomb. The charges eventually were dropped.

More than two years after Smith's disappearance, Marion County prosecutors convened a grand jury to hear evidence that Smith may have been murdered.

Halcomb had agreed to testify in front of the grand jury, but when the time came, he fled the state. The grand jury returned an indictment in August 2003, and Halcomb later was arrested in Denver where he was living at a Salvation Army mission.

He faces up to 65 years in prison if convicted of murder.

In brief statements before potential jurors Monday, defense attorney Dirk Cushing said police and forensic investigators have had four years to investigate this case and have not turned up any evidence, after a "multitude of tests and exams by the crime lab."

He also ridiculed the expected testimony of three state prisoners who will tell of Halcomb bragging that he gave his wife a "one-way ride" out of Indianapolis and that he strangled her.

"These are prisoners with a lot to gain (by cooperating with prosecutors)," Cushing said. "There is a huge motive for them to lie."

Cell phone records may be one of the key pieces of evidence in the case.

According to court documents, prosecutors can paint a picture of Halcomb as an obsessive partner to Smith who called her incessantly, sometimes several times a day.

Records indicate Halcomb used his cell phone to call Smith 106 times in the 105 days leading up to her disappearance.

After that day, however, the calls stopped.

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xx Defense Counters Jailhouse Testimony in Halcomb Tr
« Reply #5 on: Dec 12th, 2004, 09:29am »

(Marion County-December 10, 2004) - Prosecutors put the focus on jailhouse testimony in the Steven Halcomb trial Friday.

The state accuses Halcomb of murdering his ex-wife, Karen Jo Smith. Investigators never found her body.

Jurors heard testimony from a man who was incarcerated along with Halcomb after his arrest. He said Halcomb told him about strangling his ex-wife after an argument at their home in December, 2000.

Under cross-examination, Halcomb's defense attorney got the prisoner to admit he added details to his story when he told it to investigators. Attorney Jack Crawford is one lawyer who says testimony from so-called "jailhouse snitches" is easily countered in court.

"Anytime you have a witness that has tried to get deals in the past as these witnesses have, and also is facing substantial prison time, their honesty and truthfulness is called into question,” said Crawford.

Two other prisoners backed up the story that Halcomb bragged about killing his ex-wife. The trial resumes Indianapolis on Mon
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xx Halcomb Trial Resumes Monday
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(Indianapolis-December 13, 2004) - The murder trial of Steven Halcomb resumes Monday.

The state accuses Halcomb of murdering his ex-wife, Karen Jo Smith. Investigators never found her body.

On Friday, jurors heard testimony from a man who was incarcerated with Halcomb after his arrest. He said Halcomb told him about strangling his ex-wife after an argument at their home in December, 2000.

But under cross-examination, Halcomb's defense attorney got the prisoner to admit he added details to his story when he told it to investigators. Two other prisoners backed-up the story that Halcomb bragged abouthttp://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2685302&nav=0Ra7U8P0 killing his ex-wife.
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xx Halcomb Trial: Detectives Recall Extensive Search
« Reply #7 on: Dec 14th, 2004, 8:13pm »

(Indianapolis-December 14, 2004) - Testimony continues Tuesday for an unusual case in Marion County Superior Court. Steven Halcomb is being tried for the murder of his ex-wife, although her body has never been found.

Karen Jo Smith, Halcomb's ex-wife, disappeared four years ago. Police arrested Halcomb in a case that is built almost entirely on circumstantial evidence.

The prosecution called more witnesses to the stand Tuesday morning. They documented Halcomb's history as a truck driver who was in and out of work over the last four years. A police detective also took the stand, outlining the extensive searching that went on for months in and around Marion County for Smith. No evidence of Smith was ever found as a result of the searches, which took investigators as far as Morgan County and Patoka Lake near French Lick.

The defense has yet to present its side of the case. It could ask the judge for a directed verdict to throw out the case for lack of evidence.

There has yet to be any new information introduced at the trial. If the defense has new information, that could play an important role.

The case is likely to continue through the end of the week
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xx Halcomb Found Guilty
« Reply #8 on: Dec 15th, 2004, 4:55pm »

(Marion County-December 15, 2004) - Steven Halcomb has been found guilty of murder. The jury came back with a verdict shortly after 5:00 pm Wednesday. Closing arguments were heard in the case on Wednesday afternoon.

Halcomb, 39, is accused of killing his ex-wife, Karen Jo Smith, in December, 2000. The couple had been married for three years.

The case is unique because the victim's body was never found. That means there was no autopsy, blood stains, DNA or murder weapon. Those factors usually play an important role in building a case with solid evidence.

Earlier Wednesday, Steven Halcomb's lawyers asked Marion County Superior Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson for the mistrial, saying testimony from a witness in the case was false. The judge denied the mistrial and testimony continued. Halcomb's defense attorney argued that inmates who said Halcomb admitted to the killing were pressured by investigators.

Regardless, lead prosecutor Ellen Corcella said she could prove Halcomb was violent, abusive and had motive and intent. Prosecutors charge Halcomb controlled his ex-wife and threatened if she didn't live with him, she wouldn't live at all.

Defense attorney claim Smith disappeared and committed suicide. They say there was never any murder.

It was an emotional day for Smith's family, with many tears in the courtroom. "We're holding up the best we can," said one family member.
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xx Man is convicted of murder in which body was not..
« Reply #9 on: Dec 16th, 2004, 05:33am »

Steven D. Halcomb planned what he believed would be the perfect murder, prosecutors say, but he couldn't keep from bragging.

Those statements and other evidence led a Marion County jury to find Halcomb guilty of murder Wednesday in the death of his former wife, Karen Jo Smith -- even though police never found her body.



Steven D.Halcomb
"When you have as much compelling circumstantial evidence as we have in this case, and it's put together and presented in the right way," county Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said, "you can win."

Halcomb, 39, faces up to 65 years in prison for Smith's murder when he is sentenced Jan. 13. If Superior Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson finds him to be a habitual offender, 30 years could be added to his sentence. Halcomb has previous convictions for drug dealing and driving while intoxicated, causing death.

Winning a murder trial without a body adds an extra burden for prosecutors, who must overcome questions about whether the victim committed suicide or disappeared for other reasons.

Deputy Prosecutor Ellen Corcella said the jury in Halcomb's trial paid attention to the facts and saw the truth.

"We're on the eve of four years of her disappearance," Corcella said. "I'm so happy for this family that they have some rest and some way to bring peace and closure to their life."

Halcomb's lawyers declined to comment after the verdict.

Smith, 35, was last seen Dec. 27, 2000, the day she told Halcomb to move out of her Indianapolis home. Prosecutors think Halcomb killed Smith, then disposed of all the evidence during the two weeks he spent ducking police and his parole officer by driving to California and back.

"He has thought so long about how to get away with a murder. He planned for the perfect murder," Corcella said during closing arguments. "There's only one reasonable explanation for her disappearance -- the defendant killed her."

Halcomb abused and stalked Smith and tried to hire an undercover police officer to kill her before she disappeared, trial testimony revealed.He wrote her letters threatening to kill her if she left him.

Halcomb's letters to Smith and others show he was confident he could get away with killing her.

"No body, no murder," he wrote in one letter. "I've researched case law after case law and in 99 percent of the cases where there was no body recovered, they couldn't even arrest the suspect."

Recorded jailhouse phone calls between Halcomb and his father painted a clearer picture.

"They're not going to find a . . . thing. Trust me on that," Halcomb told Stan Halcomb.

When Stan Halcomb suggested that police believed they would find a crime scene, Steve Halcomb responded: "Well, I'm telling you that that is almost virtually impossible."

Despite those statements, Halcomb's lawyers said prosecutors have no evidence that Smith is dead. She could have skipped town to avoid her creditors, defense lawyer Diane Abel told jurors.

Smith might have gone to a faraway place and killed herself, Abel said. Smith overdosed two months before she disappeared.

Wednesday morning, defense lawyers unsuccessfully moved for a mistrial based on statements of a prison informant who recently recanted and now says police fed him information as part of a plot to implicate Halcomb in Smith's murder.

Halcomb told cellmates he strangled Smith and gave his former wife a "one-way ride" out of Indianapolis, police said, but such testimony often has problems because the inmates recant.

A letter purportedly signed by inmate Troy Heath stated that he had heard the defendant tell of chopping up his former wife's body in a meat grinder in Missouri and feeding the pieces to hogs. Heath later said the letter was a forgery.

Wednesday's verdict offered little consolation to Smith's family, who say that without knowing how she died, they will never have closure.

"We're devastated by this," said Ed Bishop, Smith's stepfather. "This gets a thorn out of our rear ends that we don't have to worry about anymore, and we can get back to the most important thing we've got to do -- finding my daughter."

Police have searched in several states for Smith. She hasn't been seen since her then-12-year-old son, Brandon Smith, kissed her goodnight and went to bed.

Outside court, Brandon, now 17, had a message for Halcomb:

"I hope you die in hell, burn in hell.

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xx A missing body, a conviction anyway
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INDIANAPOLIS – A man whose ex-wife vanished four years ago has been convicted in her murder, even though her body was never found.

Steven D. Halcomb, 39, was convicted Wednesday in the murder of Karen Jo Smith, who vanished Dec. 27, 2000.

Prosecutors said Halcomb believed he had committed the perfect murder, but could not resist bragging about it. They said those statements and circumstantial evidence helped persuade a jury to convict him despite the lack of a body.

Court records state that Halcomb told cellmates he strangled Smith.

The records also state that in a recorded jailhouse phone call, Halcomb told his father “there is no crime scene,” and “they’re not going to find a thing.”

“When you have as much compelling circumstantial evidence as we have in this case… you can win,” said Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.

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xx For Karen Jo Smith on Dec. 27,2004
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It was four years ago today that Karen Jo Smith disappeared without a trace. Her husband has recently been convicted of her murder although her body has never been found. I wanted to say that I am thinking of Karen Jo today and hoping that she can be found and given a humaine burial.

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xx Prosecutor sets priorities for 2005
« Reply #12 on: Jan 10th, 2005, 07:08am »

Marion County, Jan. 7 - Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi came out swinging in his State of the Streets address. He wants more criminals doing the time for doing the crime, even when the evidence is challenging.

In the Karen Jo Smith murder; with no body, murder weapon or crime scene; prosecutors won the case against her ex-husband Stephen Halcomb. "The jury took less than two hours to convict this arrogant murderer of killing his ex-wife."

Birzzi also talked about aggressively prosecuting Jeffrey Voss. The 39-year-old confessed to killing 12-year-old Christina Tedder.

Brizzi promised to stay tough against bad parents too. Prosecutors won the case against Tonya Edmonds.

The coroner found countless deadly bruises on her four-year-old daughter. "He stopped counting at 142 separate strike marks on this little four-year-old's body."

In 2004 the prosecutor's office underwent almost a half million dollar budget cut, but didn't cut fighting crime. "We've asked our prosecutors to take on a bigger workload, we have cut supervisors, eliminated some positions."

Brizzi supports Indy's growth, like the push to get a new stadium for the Indianapolis Colts in place. But when it comes to crime fighting, "The things that are being put in place are things that we need. But the criminals in Marion County are making jail overcrowding a priority."

That's because since 2003, five inmates murdered after their overcrowding early release. A jury convicted Jermaine Cole in a murder nine days after his early release.

With no way to predict crime for 2005, Brizzi considers jail overcrowding the biggest new year challenge.

Brizzi plans to ask lawmakers for tougher penalties on people caught buying precursors to make meth, sex offenders who don't register and more jail time for peeping toms.
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xx Man Convicted Of Killing Ex-Wife Gets 95 Years
« Reply #13 on: Jan 14th, 2005, 06:24am »

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis man convicted of killing his ex-wife even though her body hasn't been found was sentenced Thursday to 95 years in prison in connection with the case.


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Steven Halcomb in December was found guilty of murder in connection with the 2000 disappearance of Karen Jo Smith.

Smith (pictured, right) was last seen alive Dec. 27, 2000, the day she told Halcomb to move out of her Indianapolis home.

The next morning, Smith, 35, Halcomb and Halcomb's car were gone. Smith had left behind her car, her valuables and her two children, Brandon, then 12, and Stephanie, then 8.


Court records state that Halcomb told cellmates he strangled Smith and that he gave his former wife a "one-way ride" out of Indianapolis.

Smith's father, Ed Bishop, said Thursday that a $115,000 reward -- including money from the family and other groups -- still is being offered for the discovery of Smith's body.
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« Reply #14 on: Mar 11th, 2005, 11:26pm »

Mr. Bishop, Karen's dad has made a website for Karen. I was pleased to hear that I had inspired him to learn how to do these. We decided to take down the one I began because his is cooler. We encourage families to learn how to do these because they give the family things to work on to help find their loved one. I am very proud of Patti and Ed.

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