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Formal charges against Mishawaka man in 25-year-old murder case

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:29:48 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 16 2013 05:54:50 PM CST

A judge Monday arraigned 43-year-old Phillip Geans, who was formally charged with killing a Mishawaka teenager 25 years ago. WSBT's Annie Chang reports.


The man accused in a Mishawaka murder case that went unsolved for 25 years was arraigned in court Monday while teary-eyed family members watched.

According to our newsgathering partners at the South Bend Tribune, Phillip Geans said he will hire "that judge who just retired who is an attorney now." The judge asked if he meant Roland Chamblee, which was a yes.

Geans, 43, of Mishawaka was arrested Friday in connection with a 1988 murder.

He's charged with killing 16-year-old Theresa Burns at her Mishawaka home. Investigators say they were able to connect Geans to the crime through the weapon that was used.

Burns was a student at Mishawaka High School, who was found lying on the floor of her Dittman St. home with multiple gunshot wounds.

Geans is being held in the St. Joseph County Jail without bond.