Jury deliberating in Lake Station murder case

2014-03-20T19:49:00Z 2014-04-21T17:43:10Z Jury deliberating in Lake Station murder caseLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 20, 2014 7:49 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A jury began deliberating Thursday in the murder trial of a Lake Station man accused of killing his wife in September 2012.

Troy Shawn Meyers, 46, is charged with murder for inflicting multiple fatal blunt force injuries to Shannon Meyers’ head and body during an argument in the apartment they shared in the 400 block of East 28th Avenue in Lake Station.

His trial began Monday.

Prior to closing arguments by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christine Parry and defense attorney Richard C. Wolter, Dr. John Cavanaugh of the Lake County coroner’s office returned to the stand to explain the type of injuries Shannon Meyers suffered.

The pathologist performed the autopsy on Shannon Meyers on Sept. 7, 2012, the day of her death from what he said was a homicide.

Cavanaugh said she suffered “a constellation of injuries” and multiple bruises to the back of her head and neck that formed an arc of 180 degrees from ear to ear. Autopsy photos also showed long bruises near her left chest and arm caused by a heavy metal or wood object, he said.

The cause of Shannon Meyer’s death was a fracture to the neck caused by “a crushing impact” or blow with the head against a flat surface, Cavanaugh said. The fracture caused a piece of her cervical bone to slice into her esophagus, which then led to hemorrhaging. More than a pint of blood was found in her stomach and additional blood was in her intestines, he said.

Although Shannon Meyers had a history of seizures, none of the extensive bruises was caused by falling, Cavanaugh said.

“I can’t see a fall causing a 180-degree injury,” he testified in answer to Wolter’s questions about how the woman’s medical history could have affected the findings.

Lake Station Police Detective Brian Williams also testified for the prosecution about his investigation of Shannon Meyers’ death.

Williams said Troy Meyers was originally in custody for several days after his wife’s death, but that he was released. No order for him to stay in the area was issued, Williams said in response to Wolter’s questions about how police dealt with the husband.

A warrant for Troy Meyers' arrest was issued March 22, 2013. He was taken into custody in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 26, 2013, and extradited back to Lake County.

A search warrant issued by a Lake Station judge to search the Meyers’ apartment turned up nunchuks under the bed and a broken piece of bed frame. Although those objects are metal and wood, respectively, neither was considered the weapon used to create Shannon Meyers’ injuries, Williams said.

The defense rested without calling Troy Meyers to the stand.

Criminal Court Magistrate Kathleen Sullivan instructed the jury of nine men and three women about four possible verdicts they could reach — guilty of murder, guilty of voluntary manslaughter, guilty of involuntary manslaughter or innocent of charges.

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