A Pike County man convicted in the murder of two EMT’s 13 years ago is set to learn his fate later this month.
Chris Helsley will be re-sentenced on April 21st in Dubois County Circuit Court. The case was moved to Dubois County after Pike Circuit Court Judge Jeff Biesterveld recused himself from the case. Biesterveld was Pike County’s prosecutor at the time of Helsley’s conviction. Dubois Circuit Court Judge William Weikert announced that jury selection for the case will take place on April 16th and 17th.
Now Helsley was convicted of killing Pike County EMT’s Marsha Rainey and Brad Maxwell at the county’s EMS barn at Campbelltown back in 2001. He was originally sentenced to life without parole. Helsley then filed a petition for post conviction relief for both the conviction and the sentence in May of last year. The petition was filed on the grounds that defense attorney Michael Keating did not adequately defend him during the original trial. Keating stated he was comfortable with his overall defense of Helsley. However, he also says his argument against the life without parole sentence may have been weak. That confession led to an agreement to uphold the conviction, but retry the sentence.
For the sentence to be upheld, the jury will have to vote unanimously that life without parole is an appropriate sentence.