Two highschool softball coaches have been arrested within the homicide of a person who was shot on a rural street in Indiana.
Shea Briar, 31, was discovered shot within the again round 2 a.m. Sunday in farmland northwest of Portland, Indiana. He died that morning in a Fort Wayne hospital.
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Arrested Tuesday have been Esther Stephen, 31, and Shelby Hiestand, 18, the sheriff’s workplace in Jay County stated.
Stephen is the mom of a 1-year-old woman for whom Briar reportedly had deliberate to determine paternity and search custody, TV station WANE reported.
The 2 ladies have been softball coaches at Fort Restoration Excessive Faculty in Ohio, simply throughout the state line from Portland. Hiestand, a 2019 graduate of Jay County Excessive Faculty in Portland, was Stephen’s assistant.
Briar, who had served 4 years within the Navy as a army police officer and canine handler, had returned to dwell in Portland, the place his household had roots.
He reportedly deliberate to determine parental rights for the kid, Adilyn, and had petitioned to alter her final identify to his, court docket paperwork present. Stephen reportedly was sad with these plans.
Late Saturday, she known as him and requested if he wished to “hang around,” says the affidavit of possible trigger. The pair, plus Hiestand, drove collectively to a bridge over Loblolly Creek, on a county street 10 miles from Portland.
Each ladies reportedly advised investigators that, in accordance with their plan, Hiestand retrieved the gun from the automotive and shot Briar within the again.
He was discovered, mortally wounded, by members of the volunteer fireplace division from the close by city of Bryant.
Briar’s obituary says his Navy service, which resulted in 2012, included deployment in Italy. Since then, he had been engaged on the household’s farm and as a heavy-equipment operator on the landfill. He was a trustee and energetic member of a Methodist church in Fairview, close to his grandparents’ house.
Stephen and Hiestand have been placed on administrative depart Tuesday from Fort Restoration Excessive Faculty and barred from the campus.
Hiestand was a standout softball participant at Jay County Excessive Faculty, the place Stephen had been the junior varsity coach.