Killer of for­mer Evansville mayor dies in prison

Post-Tribune - - Local -

A woman con­victed of killing Evansville’s for­mer mayor in 1980 died in prison.

The Evansville Courier & Press re­ports that 69-yearold Julie Van Orden died Fri­day in the med­i­cal unit of the In­di­ana Women’s Prison in In­di­anapo­lis.

Van Orden was sen­tenced to 40 years in prison in 1982 in the shoot­ing death of Rus­sell Lloyd less than three months af­ter he had left of­fice as mayor.

She later spent sev­eral years in the state men­tal hospi­tal in Lo­gans­port and in a group home in Mer­ril­lville.

She was found guilty but men­tally ill of at­tempted mur­der for a 2006 at­tack in which a Lo­gans­port hospi­tal at­ten­dant was stabbed 13 times. A judge then sen­tenced her to 50 years in prison.

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