Convicted Murderer Denied Name Change

News Release

New Albany, IN – Yesterday, May 31, 2018, convicted murderer Jeramy Lloyd Heavrin’s Verified Petition for Change of Name under cause number 22C01-1802-MI-170 was denied.

On January 20, 1995 in Floyd Superior Court, in cause number 22D01-9407-CF-88, Jeramy Lloyd Heavrin was found guilty of the brutal strangling and murder of Jennifer Rose Johnson, a 23-year-old resident of New Albany. On February 23, 1995, Heavrin was sentenced to 60 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. He was released on November 11, 2016.

On February 5, 2018, Heavrin filed a Verified Petition for Change of Name in the Floyd Circuit Court under cause number 22C01-1802-MI-170. He proposed to change his name to Jayson Lee Archer.

On May 18, 2018, after testimony from the victim’s father and from Prosecuting Attorney Keith A. Henderson, the court took the matter under advisement. The prosecutor argued that this name change was an attempt to hide his conviction and mislead the public as to his criminal history and that the public should know that he is a convicted murderer.

The judge, in his order, noted that though Hearvin argued in the hearing that his desire to change his name was because of hardship and discrimination, the judge noted that Heavrin’s attempt to put a spin on his situation was an attempt to conceal a material fact, which is intentional fraud. The judge further noted that, after observing Heavrin during the hearing, he did not find Heavrin to be credible.

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