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Murder suspect makes bond

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Only one month after being arrested on two counts of murder, a Brazil man was recently released from jail.

John Lovett, 37, Brazil, was arrested in March in connection with the 1988 double homicide of Tonya Pickett, 16, and her stepfather Ricky Mustard, 32, on Nov. 20, 1988.

Lovett was released on bail from the Clay County Justice Center in mid-April after $20,000 for bail was raised.

Lovett was being held in the center on a $200,000 bond.

In March, special prosecutors David Powell and Delbert Brewer held a news conference confirming the arrest of Lovett. He was charged with two counts of murder. He was being held without bond in the center.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times Thursday that Lovett initially could not afford an attorney. After a court-appointed attorney was granted, paperwork was filed for bond.

Lovett had been arrested in connection to the 20-year-old unsolved case in a subdivision north of Brazil off State Road 59 in mid-March earlier this year.


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I believe the author is mistaken. I thought the murders took place at a residence on Pickley Street in Brazil.

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 9:20 AM

It took 20 years to get the man , now you are letting him. Wow !Great system we have. They might say since he was on the run for 20 years that should be good enough....Time served. I bet the family of the victums are happy.....Not!

-- Posted by Sand mann on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 10:29 AM

scwh1974....The author stated that Lovett was arrested in a subdivision north of Brazil off 59. The author of the article did not state the murders took place in a subdivision.

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 11:14 AM

It DID happen on Pinckley Street. On the corner of Pinckley and Franklin. An empty lot now. I never understood how they can let someone go on bond after being arrested and charged with murder or whatever. Makes no sense at all. If he is guilty, whose to say he won't run this time instead of staying in Brazil.

-- Posted by corgimom64@yahoo.com on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 11:15 AM

Has there been a trial yet? What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty and due process, let alone due diligence? Sounds as if you all have a rope and are looking for the nearest tree...

-- Posted by madman36 on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 11:27 AM

How could anyone not afford a good attorney but can afford $20,000.00? Seems to me I would have suffered through a few months of jail and spent that cash on a good attorney instead of a court appointed one. Chances are he just traded a few months of freedom for a lifetime in prison.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 1:37 PM

Actually I think it does make since. Brazil has had alot of strange things happen that dont even make the news. But its just something we are all going to have to let the jury decide.

-- Posted by c1iwant on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 2:57 PM

You are innocent until proven guilty folks. Bail is something the judge can grant or deny. Bail is up to the judge. Honestly, it is my opinion that he should not be let out on this charge... My question is... which judge and what was he thinking?

-- Posted by BrazilScholarly on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 4:07 PM

yes it did happen on the corner of franklin and pinckley, and no it is not an empty lot. the house was gray and the neighbors behind it bought it and painted it brown. the windows are boarded up and i think it has been turned into a garage now. i was a senior when this happened and can remember it as if it was yesterday.all i can say is my prayers are with all 3 of the families involved.

-- Posted by misshome on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 4:39 PM

Ok first off, just because the guy didn't leave town for 20 years doesn't mean that he is innocent. Second, people raise money for a cause that they believe in all the time, that could be where the money came from. I can't stress enough that Jefferey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy, and BTK killer stayed in their neighborhoods the whole time they were killing people. People never knew them as a monster or murderer, so yes people it is possible for him to live a "normal" life. I don't see how anyone who takes another person's life can live at all with themselves. I mean it would have to be a bad situation involving the wellness of my children or myself for me to take another life.

-- Posted by Southernized on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 6:28 PM

you know my uncle spent 24 years in prison fro a murder he did not commit. There are alot of sick people who you never know what they are capable of doing. The guy that they arrested was her God son and her dad her preacher. But this MURDERER went on to have a good life and a good job and no one except his father ever knew his dark past. There are alot of creeps. you never know the person next to you or what they are capable of doing. I did not think that Indiana had bail for murder. There seems to be something not right with this story to me. I honestly am not convinced that he was involved and I don't even know the guy.

-- Posted by ape1 on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 7:03 PM

People need to make better use of their time, instead of judging people, if they made bail or not or how they got the money. John has a very close family and alot of loving friends. So it isn't anyone's business were what came from. Also as far as John running that would be kind of stupid, considering all of his family is here around brazil and his kids still are in school in Clay County. John is not a monster, he is fair from that. Yes I feel sorry for the victims families, but if Cheryl was so scared of John, then why after the murders did she still come and visit John for years after at his home. That doesn't make much since now does it. So until you people have all the facts get off it. No one is guilty until proven that way by a jury of their peers. So Lay off!!! Their are several people out their that know the real truth behind the story they are just to scared to come forward, if it is one of you readers then you need to get over your fear and help save an inocent man from missing the rest of his children's lives.

-- Posted by loving_cuz on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 10:16 PM

Lets get one thing straight loving_cuz..... I, Cheryl Pickett NEVER went to visit John after that happened nor ever as much as even talk to him on the phone.....so if that is what he claims then he is a LIAR!!!!!!!! I moved out of state after that and when I came home to visit I had far more important people in my life to visit and spend time with. He must be blowing smoke up your _ _ _. Sounds like to me you need to get all of the facts yourself!

-- Posted by cpickett on Fri, May 9, 2008, at 5:55 AM

This was a quote from Judge Trout in the Terre Haute Tribune.

Judge Trout said, "I'm not a big fan of holding people in jail pre-trial. I think punishment in jail is more appropriate after a conviction."

Personally in my opinion Im a big fan of keeping a possible murderer in jail for however long it takes to prove his innocence/guilt. It amazes me that some people in Brazil can't fathom that this man murdered these people. Anyone is possible of anything. Why wouldn't he stay in Brazil after he did it? He had everyone fooled into thinking he was innocent. I pray that the Mustard/Pickett families get the justice they deserve. It's been a long time coming.

-- Posted by ohosit on Fri, May 9, 2008, at 9:25 AM

You are innocent until proven guilty folks. that is how it is post to be, but tell that to the family members whom lost love ones... if there wasn't anything to hold him on , they shouldn't of arrested him in the first place. isn't a judge in the politics? just a question.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Fri, May 9, 2008, at 2:44 PM

The whole reasoning behind Judge Trout of granting bail is unreasonable,now if this guy does take off and is on the run for a very long time I do hope no innocent people get hurt,I can see bail for drug charges or even DUI but murder,I know it happens sometimes in the big cities but this is Indiana where we care about our citizens...I hope judge trout wont make a practice of this type of stupidity,we should all remember these things when he comes up for reelection

-- Posted by dovelw on Fri, May 9, 2008, at 11:46 PM

Quote save an inocent man from missing the rest of his children's lives. ",,,,,,,,,,

excuse me,,,,, but what about Ricks death and how his son having to grow up without HIS father all these years. Oh, I forgot, Its not about the victims families now ,is it! Rick was innocent to!

-- Posted by skycirrus on Tue, May 13, 2008, at 1:11 PM


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