Christopher Jared Sowders (Source: Clark County Jail)
Garreth Edward Stephens (Source: Clark County Jail)
CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Clarksville police have arrested two teenagers in connection with the murder of a Sellersburg man found dead inside his home earlier this month. Both teens are former Silver Creek High School students.
Police said Christopher Jared Sowders, 18, and Garreth Edward Stephens, 19, knew the victim's stepson. Investigators believe the teens went to his home to commit a burglary and were startled by the victim.
Steven Baldwin, 47, was found shot to death on his dining room floor in the 2300 block of Plum Woods Drive on March 11. Police previously said Baldwin was killed sometime between 9:45 a.m. and noon that day.
"The detectives have been working hard on this for the past nine days, they've done a lot of interviews, they've talked to a lot of people and developed probable cause to get warrants issued for these two young men," said Major Darrell Rayborn, Clarksville Police.
It was community tips that led Clarksville police to Sowders and Stephens. Police say they knew the victim's stepson, Blake.
"This wasn't a by chance burglary," said Rayborn.
Off camera, Blake tells WAVE 3's Katie Bauer, he use to be friends with Sowders and he is still in shock, trying to process this news.
Both teens are from Borden. Lucy Ortega is a neighbor to Sowders' mother. She says at one time the teens attended Borden High School and both loved sports. She says it's hard to believe these two are tied to such serious crimes.
"Right now just hearing it would be like reading a fiction story or something that's not true," said Ortega.
Ortega says she remembers Stephens as more of a class clown. "Somewhat of a trouble maker, but not like 'hey I'm going to go cause trouble', just like goofing around and then he would say something or do something that got him a trouble," said Ortega.
The two teens were booked into the Clark County Jail with no bond.
Sowders turned 18 two days after Baldwin was killed in his own home. Both teens are facing murder and burglary charges. They are due in court for an initial hearing Friday, March 22 at 9 a.m.
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