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AROUND IOWA The Des Moines Register GC Papers Documents show that at least eight people were present when a plan involving Matthew Stegman was discussed. ByJEFFECKHOFF REGISTER STAFF WRITER COPYRIGHT 2006, DES MOINES REGISTER AND TRIBUNE COMPANY The Labor Day weekend slaying of Matthew Stegman in a Des Moines cemetery was part of a plot discussed more widely than previously disclosed, newly unsealed documents reveal. Court records describing the initial investigation into the Sept. 3 stabbing death of Stegman, 18, were unsealed Friday at The Des Moines Register's request. The search warrant documents, based on police statements with informants whose names still have not been released, show that at least eight people were present in a Grand Avenue apartment on Sept. 2 when Stegman's friends allegedly discussed a plot to lure him to Woodland Cemetery. Court papers show police ultimately tested the DNA of shed light on slaying 15 people but arrested only five of Stegman's friends in connection with the killing. At least one additional person was present at the cemetery but has not been charged in the case. The five people arraigned on first-degree murder charges include: Sheri Fisher, 22; Terry "Trenchcoat" 1 ' INS?- Stegman Williams, 22; Robert "Wolf Myers, 24; Robert "Teardrop" Johnston, 27; and Andrew Johnson, 22. Reported friends of the group, who were formerly homeless young people who had been sharing an apartment at 1519 Grand Ave., previously have said Stegman was killed when a planned beating got out of hand. Members of the group apparently believed incorrectly that Stegman had an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl, the daughter of Myers' girlfriend. The newly unsealed documents also indicate that Stegman believed the group was planning to gang up on someone else at the cemetery that night. According to the court papers, one witness overheard Stegman tell Williams that "they were going to take Andy to the cemetery tonight," while another said she loaned Johnson a knife because "he thought Matt was going to kill him." Documents show that the items police ultimately seized from the shared apartment included a "piece of lined paper w handwriting dated 82306 signed 'Andy' discussing recent HIV results." According to the papers, one witness told police that Robert Johnston was not present ' when she, Stegman and the others went to the cemetery during the early morning hours of Sept. 3. Stegman, Myers and Williams all took off their shirts, according to the woman's account, and the other two "began to assault Matt." The uncharged woman told police that she, Fisher and Johnson ran from the scene, leaving Myers and Williams behind. Documents paraphrasing the woman say "only Terry and Wolf came out of the cemetery. Terry said that he put his blade in the back of Mart's skull." The court papers contain no mention of any occult ritual, despite statements from some members of the extended group that there had been talk of a ritual sacrifice as part of the Wiccan or "Lucifarious" religions. Police do list tarot cards and a "stone charm" among the items seized from the apartment. Hours after the murder, Williams talked of going to Stegman's funeral and Johnson "said that he sees dead people walking," according to the documents. All five of the accused are scheduled for trial Dec. 1 1. Reporter Jeff Eckhoff can be reached at (515) 284-8271 orjeckholfdmreg.com

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  1. The Des Moines Register,
  2. 16 Oct 2006, Mon,
  3. [First Edition],
  4. Page 13

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