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Former attorney testifies in Behrman murder appeal

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John Myers II John Myers II
Jill Behrman Jill Behrman
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. -

The man convicted of killing Indiana University student Jill Behrman is making his case for a new trial.

Nearly 13 years ago, Behrman disappeared while riding her bike near Bloomington. Her remains were found in 2003, and in 2006, John Myers II went on trial and was convicted in her murder.

Now he's fighting for a new trial, claiming if he had been represented by a more competent attorney in 2006, he would have been found not guilty.

Thursday morning in a Morgan County courtroom, Myers' original attorney, Patrick Baker, took the stand.

Baker explained how he came to represent Myers. He said he received an anonymous phone call from a woman the day before Myers' initial hearing, asking for help in a "wrongful death" case.

With Baker on the stand, Myers' public defenders Thursday questioned him on the quality of representation he gave his client in 2006.

The defense asked about his attorney fees, his research prior to trial and his ability to handle the sheer magnitude of the murder case.

Baker told the judge he only received about $2,000 from the Myers family for defending him and essentially worked the rest of the case free of charge.

Baker said he normally charges about $10,000 for a murder retainer. He also estimated costs in the Myers case ran about $30,000 before they even went to trial.

The defense is trying to prove that Baker didn't have the money, nor did he spend the time or resources to give John Myers adequate representation.

They're also alleging that Baker failed to present evidence about other people who could have killed Jill Behrman - alternative theories that they say could have cast doubt on Myers' guilt.

Baker currently has a suspended law license. The Indiana Supreme Court suspended him for professional misconduct related to the Myers case.

Judge Gray will be hearing testimony all afternoon.

This story will be updated. Watch Eyewitness News at 5:00 pm for a live report.

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