Paula Cooper: A timeline of events

2012-07-12T12:41:00Z 2013-06-16T18:06:35Z Paula Cooper: A timeline of events nwitimes.com
July 12, 2012 12:41 pm

May 14, 1985: Bible teacher Ruth Pelke is murdered.

May 15, 1985: Stepson Robert Pelke discovers her body.

May 17, 1985: Gary Police charge four Lew Wallace High School students with the murder of Ruth Elizabeth Pelke -- Karen Denise Corder, 16; Paula Cooper, 15; April Beverly, 15, and Denise Thomas, 14. Prosecutors seek the death penalty for Corder, charged as an adult.

Nov. 7, 1985: Denise Thomas convicted of felony murder/murder; Dec. 4, 1985 sentenced to 35 years in prison

March 26 1986: Karen Corder pleaded guilty to murder of Ruth Pelke; May 29, 1986 received 60-year prison term.

April 21, 1986: Paula Cooper pleaded guilty to the stabbing murder of Ruth Pelke.

June 23, 1986: April Beverly pleaded guilty to robbery in connection with the murder of Ruth Pelke.

July 11, 1986: Paula Cooper is sentenced to death.

July 18, 1986: April Beverly sentenced to 25 years in prison.

July 13, 1989: Paula Cooper's death penalty is commuted to 60 years in prison.

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