The Journal Gazette
Friday, January 18, 2019 1:00 am


April's killer moved to New Castle prison

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

The Grabill man who killed April Tinsley in 1988 was moved Wednesday to a prison in New Castle.

John D. Miller, 59, had been housed at the Indiana Department of Correction Reception Diagnostic Center in Plainfield, where he was taken after being sentenced in December to 80 years for sexually assaulting and killing the girl. He is now being held at the New Castle Correctional Facility, a medium security prison that houses nearly 3,100 inmates. 

The move is routine. 

Miller abducted April from Fort Wayne on April 1, 1988, and strangled her at his home. Her body was dumped in a ditch in DeKalb County, where it was found three days later by a jogger. 

The crime went unsolved for decades until Miller was arrested in July. He pleaded guilty Dec. 7.

21-year-old found guilty of June rape

Allen County jurors convicted a Monroeville man of raping a woman in June. 

Cody Fyock, 21, was charged in August with five felony charges including rape, sexual battery and breaking and entering. Jurors convicted him Wednesday in Allen Superior Court on each count. 

He faces up to 391/2 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 15.

Fyock raped the woman June 6 in her home, according to court documents. 

Slaying defendant to claim insanity

A man who allegedly shot three people, killing one, in August will rely on an insanity defense at trial. 

Travon Fincher, 21, is charged with murder and two counts of aggravated battery in the alleged attacks inside a home on Madison Street. 

Ricky Pelmear was fatally shot, and Rachel Burtz and Jason Sandy were seriously injured in the shootings, police said. The group had been hanging out at the home when Fincher came out of a bathroom firing a gun, investigators said. 

An Allen County judge this week postponed Fincher's trial until July so doctors can provide reports on his sanity, court records show.

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