Convicted killer finds new home on Indy's south side

Robert Evan Lee

A convicted murderer and sex offender who dismembered his victim is settling into a new home in Marion County.

At least two other Indiana counties turned away Robert Lee following his release from prison 35 years early. Eyewitness News has learned Lee is now living in a motel off South Harding Street near Interstate 465 on the south side of Indianapolis.

But unlike his previous two residences, not everyone is concerned about Lee living there. One reason may be that other residents of the motel are also ex-offenders with sex and violent criminal backgrounds who know how hard it is to find a home and job on the outside. Ten other released ex-offenders live at the motel in nine different rooms.

Lee was released after serving less than half of his 60-year sentence for murdering and dismembering Ellen Marks in Bloomington in 1986.

A man living with his family at the motel, just a few doors down from Lee, however, says he worries for his family's safety.

"Yes, it's a concern. It's a concern to anybody," the man said. "What can you do? There's nothing I can do."

Lee was finally moved to the motel after residents in Monroe and Jennings counties said they didn't want him living in their communities.

The neighbor living there with his family says there should be a better system, but "they just haven't implemented it."

There was no answer to Eyewitness News' knocks at Lee's door and some other neighbors didn't want to talk.

"I just got out of prison today. I don't know anybody like that," said one man.

When told of Lee's notorious background, the man said, "I don't judge anybody, sorry."

Then walked up "Ghost," an ex-sex offender who didn't want to be shown on camera. He says life just out of prison is frustrating and that ex-offenders like Lee can't find housing or work, due to discrimination.

"If you're going to give a job that's going to keep him out of trouble, if they're truly sorry for what they did, they deserve a second chance," Ghost said.

The motel owner told Eyewitness News his motel is safe. State agents often show up without notice to check on the men living there.

He says the family we talked with has lived there two years.