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March 14, 2014

UPDATED: Jury finds Fry guilty of murder

Sentencing hearing slated for April 14

A jury found Loren Fry, 78, Logansport, guilty of murder after four hours of deliberation Thursday.

Fry was charged with the deadly shooting of Dave Schroder, 76, Logansport, more than two years ago. A sentencing hearing for Fry is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 14. The murder charge carries with it a penalty ranging from 45 to 65 years in prison.

Schroder was found shot to death in his vehicle in an area east of Royal Center Pike on 275 North on Sept. 20, 2011. His vehicle was found parked partially off the roadway near buildings on land owned by Fry’s brother, Bruce.

Schroder was shot twice. A time of death was established at about 1 p.m.

Cass County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Lisa Swaim said she was pleased with the verdict.

“I believe justice was served in this case,” Swaim said.

There were a lot of people involved in the case, Swaim said — law enforcement officials from Cass County Sheriff’s Department, Logansport Police Department and Indiana State Police came together and did “an outstanding job.”

The jury trial began Monday in Cass Superior Court II. In its fourth and final day Thursday, three witnesses were called before closing arguments.

Those interviewed spoke of the investigation surrounding Fry, including details of the bullet taken from the scene of the crime.

Two spent bullets were recovered at the scene of the shooting. Officers could not immediately determine what kind of bullets were used, only that they came from a low-caliber firearm. Photographs of bullets were entered as evidence.

When Fry’s home was searched, many firearms were found, including one capable of firing low-caliber bullets — a .22-caliber revolver discovered loaded with four live rounds. Three .22-caliber magnum bullets were found in Fry’s pocket when he was taken into custody.

Stacey Hartman, a forensic scientist with the Indiana State Police, testified late Wednesday afternoon about her findings from the tests she ran of the recovered revolver, the four rounds in it and the two spent casings recovered from the scene.

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