JAY COUNTY, Indiana — Two former Fort Recovery High School softball coaches will have trials in 2021 on charges stemming from the deadly shooting of a man in January.
Former head coach Esther Stephen is scheduled to face trial on a charge of murder starting on March 15. The former assistant coach, Shelby Hiestand, who is also charged with murder, has a trial scheduled to begin August 9, according to court records.
Stephen and Hiestand are both accused in the death of Shea Briar, who died from a gunshot wound January 12. Court records indicate the shooting was motivated by a custody dispute after Briar filed for parenting time with a child he shared with Stephen.
In interviews with investigators, Hiestand and Stephen “admitted that they had conspired together to murder Shea Briar on Jan. 11-12,” according to an affidavit filed with the court.
“Esther Jane Stephen was angry with Shea Briar because [he] had recently initiated court proceedings to establish parenting time rights for their minor child and petitioned the court to change the child’s last name,” court records indicate.
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