Wife reveals new details in Sellersburg murder; 911 call released


by Gene Kang


Posted on March 12, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 13 at 9:21 AM

SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A father was killed in a quiet and affluent Southern Indiana neighborhood.

Tapes of the 911 calls were released after his brother-in-law, John, found him on the ground inside their home.

Dispatcher: Is he laying on his back or his side?
John: He's laying on his back, what do you want me, how do you want me to...
Dispatcher: Ok. Have you shook him to see if he can respond to you?
John: Steve, Steve.
Dispatcher: Is he responding?
John: No he's not.

Steven Baldwin's wife says they moved into the Sellersburg home seven years ago to live in a safer area. She believes her husband's murder began with a break-in. 
"That is very nerve racking. We live in a quiet and what we felt was a peaceful neighborhood," neighbor Teresa Messina said.

Baldwin, 47, was killed inside his own house in broad daylight on Monday. Married for eight years, his wife remembers him as a loving father and good man.

She was too heartbroken to speak on camera but tells WHAS11 that someone forced their way into their Sellersburg home on Monday.

It is disturbing to neighbors in the upscale Plum Lakes subdivision.

"It's very disconcerting and we really have to watch every move we make now," Messina said.

"Be aware of your surroundings. We can't tell you exactly what happened in the house. We're trying to determine that now," Clarksville Police detective, Major Darrell Rayborn said.

Detectives say Baldwin was shot in the chest and died at the home in the 2300 block of Plum Woods Drive. Clarksville Police believe he was killed between 9:45 in the morning and noon. No murder weapon was recovered.

Baldwin's wife says they were gun owners but that her husband was caught off guard.

He was a father of two older children and sold final care insurance and medical supplies to the elderly.

Baldwin lived in the house with his wife, stepson and brother-in-law who called 911 after finding his body on the dining room floor.

"I'm going to be very cautious, you know you're too afraid to go out by yourself. I'm just very sorry for the family and they have my condolences," Messina said.

Baldwin's wife believes it was forced entry.
Clarksville Police have no suspects and have said very little. Call police with any tips at 812-288-7151.