Mother of victim, former neighbor testify in murder trial

2014-03-18T19:19:00Z 2014-04-21T17:43:09Z Mother of victim, former neighbor testify in murder trialLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent
March 18, 2014 7:19 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Sobs of a grieving mother filled the courtroom Tuesday in the murder trial of a Lake Station man charged with killing his wife in September 2012.

Troy Shawn Meyers, 46, is accused of 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.

Sheila Perkins, of Kentucky, testified as the one of the first witnesses in Meyers’ trial, called by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christine Parry. Perkins said her daughter, Shannon, married Meyers sometime in 2012 after a divorce from another man and after a relationship ended with a longtime friend.

Perkins said she learned on Nov. 3, 2012, through the Social Security office in Kentucky, about her daughter’s death. She said she was able to get her daughter’s cremains shipped to Kentucky in February 2013.

Parry showed Perkins several photos of Shannon Meyers. One of the young woman living in Kentucky with Perkins was also shown to the jury. A photo of Shannon Meyers taken prior to her autopsy was only given to Perkins.

“That’s my daughter, Shannon,” Perkins said through sobs.

In cross-examining Perkins, defense attorney Richard C. Wolter asked when she last saw and spoke with her daughter prior to learning of her death.

“Mother’s Day weekend in May of 2012,” Perkins testified.

Answering another of Wolter’s questions, Perkins said she wasn’t aware that Shannon Meyers struggled with various addictive behaviors, but added, “I knew she drank beer.”

Another prosecution witness testified that Troy Shawn Meyers and Shannon Meyers fought both verbally and physically when they lived in the upstairs apartment where the woman was found dead.

The former neighbor said the Meyerses already were living there when she, her husband and three children moved in. The man she knew as Shawn Meyers provided maintenance around the home, which was subdivided into apartments.

Three or four days before Shannon Meyers was found dead, the woman said she heard running in the apartment above her and Shannon Meyers crying with an odd note in her voice.

“Her voice had a rattling sound, like she was being shaken,” the former neighbor said.

She also testified that the argument that day focused on drugs, money and the couple’s baby.

The trial continues Wednesday.

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