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Third woman, 18, charged with murder in Jay County man's death

Police say 18-year-old Hannah Knapke was there when Shea Briar was shot in the back.

Posted: Jan 22, 2020 8:41 PM
Updated: Jan 23, 2020 10:45 AM

PORTLAND, Ind. (WFFT) -- Police have arrested a third woman in connection with the deadly shooting of a Jay County man. 

Jay County prosecutors charged 18-year-old Hannah Knapke of Fort Recovery, Ohio with murder in the death of Shea Briar. 

Briar was found shot in the back on County Road 125 West in the early morning hours of Jan. 12. He later died. 

Police have already arrested 31-year-old Esther Stephen, the mother of his child, and 18-year-old Shelby Hiestand with murder.

Both women were softball coaches at Fort Recovery but were recently fired after their arrests.  

An affidavit released Wednesday says Knapke had no known connection to Briar, which is why Stephen and Hiestand asked to use her vehicle to pick him up from his home that night. 

The affidavit says Knapke told investigators she met the other two women at the Fairview United Methodist Church and listened as they discussed their plan to kill Briar.

She also knew they placed a .22-caliber rifle in her car, it says. 

After they picked up Briar, the affidavit says all four of them got out of the car at a bridge on C.R. 125.

As Stephen and Briar walked ahead, police say Knapke was standing next to Hiestand as she shot him in the back. 

Police say Stephen wanted Briar dead because he wanted to establish parenting time rights for their child and petitioned the court to change the child's last name. 

 

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