Convicted New Albany killer wants to change his name despite objections from victim's family
Jeramy Heavrin was convicted in 1995. Now he said he can't get a job because of his past.
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- More than 20 years ago, Cecil Johnson's 23-year-old daughter Jennifer was strangled to death.
Investigators say Jeramy Heavrin asked Jennifer Johnson out on a date, and when she turned him down, he strangled her.
"There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of her. She was a good person," Cecil Johnson said. "He got to stalking her, got to following her, because of her looks."
Heavrin was convicted and sentenced in 1995, then released in 2016.
"When you do your time, you expect to be able to move on with your life when you get out," Heavrin said. "That's what the whole premise of the DOC was established for. At the end of the day, it's their mission statement. Are they going to honor it?"
On Friday, Heavrin told a judge the system isn't working for him. He was fired as manager of a Jeffersonville Pizza Hut because he said disgruntled former employees googled him and found out about his conviction.
The only way to move forward, he told a judge, is to leave his name behind. Jayson Lee Archer is what he'd like to be called, but his victim's family thinks there are other motives.
"The only reason he's wanting to change his name is so he can hide and deceive people and hide from his past," Cecil Johnson said.
After hearing both sides, a judge will ultimately decide if Jeramy can become Jayson.
"Whether the judge grants, or whether he doesn't, it's not going to help my daughter," Cecil Johnson said. "But it might help your daughter or somebody else's daughter down the road."
No timetable has been set for when the judge might make his decision.
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