Woman convicted in vicious 2002 murder returns to court


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A Fort Wayne woman that helped viciously murder 17-year-old Cheri Hartman in 2002 wants a reduced sentence.

Rheann Kelly, 32, appeared in Allen County court Friday morning to ask for time to be removed from her 75-year sentence, according to our news partners at 21Alive. She has formally filed a request for post-conviction relief.

Kelly and four others killed Hartman in August 2002. Court documents say she and another woman beat Hartman up in her front yard after waiting for her to return home from work. The group then dragged her to a car, stripped her down, then drove her to a remote location. One of the men put a gun in her mouth and pulled the trigger.

The incident resulted in Fort Wayne’s first Amber Alert being issued, which led to the group’s arrest the following day.

The other four people involved in the crime were sentenced are in jail as well, facing anywhere from 20 years to life in prison.

A decision on Kelly’s post-conviction relief could come this summer.


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