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January 05, 2011
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Family urges board not to parole deputy's killer

Killer claims that he fired shots randomly during the bank robbery and that he didn't intend to kill the cop

Chicago Tribune

INDIANAPOLIS — The daughter of a sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot nearly 40 years ago while trying to stop a bank robbery in Indiana pleaded with officials Tuesday not to parole his killer.

Dawn Veirs, who was born eight months after her father, Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Settles, was shot on Feb. 24, 1972, discounted Billy Ray Adams' claim that he fired shots randomly during a bank robbery in Cumberland, on the eastern edge of Indianapolis.

Veirs said security photos showed Adams shooting her father in the head after he was already down. Other witnesses also said the shooting didn't appear random, though Adams' brother suggested Adams was suffering from mental illness following his service in Vietnam.

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