Teens accused of murder appear in court, held without bond


by Nicole Harrell


Posted on March 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 22 at 2:00 PM

(WHAS11) -- Two teens are being held without bond, charged with murder and burglary. Garreth Stephens, 19, and Christopher Sowders, 18, were arrested Thursday in connection with the murder of a Sellersburg man.

Court documents say someone ratted the teens out and that Christopher Sowders said "Yeah dude I shot him."  In court Friday, they had nothing to say.

Prosecution says Sowders pulled the trigger. A single bullet hit Steven Baldwin, 47, in the chest and killed him on March 11 in his Sellersburg home.

When Sowders' attorney was asked about his client's family he said, "well they're devastated he was arrested and it was not his character so we'll see."

Prosecution says it was a burglary gone wrong. Court documents state that the teens believed the victim's stepson, Blake Glaab, had "a couple thousand dollars stashed in his room."

The teens used to be fellow students and friends with Glaab at Silver Creek High School.
Prosecutors say Stephens and Sowders surveyed the house for awhile and drove there in Stephens' white Mitsubishi Eclipse. Documents say they then kicked-in the door of the home in the 2300 block of Plum Woods Drive.

"They had ski masks and ties to bind any occupants they may find in the house and they brought a gun and when they were surprised with the homeowner being home they decided to shoot him," Jeremy Mull, Clark County Prosecutor said.

It is heartbreaking for the victim's stepson and wife. Glaab suspected it was the two teens all along.

On Friday the judge also named Sowders in another burglary case when he was as a juvenile.

They will be back in court on June 3. A jury trial is set for September 9. If convicted they could each face a maximum sentence of 105 years in prison.