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December 16, 2013

Indiana man arraigned in 1988 death of teenager

SOUTH BEND — A northern Indiana man has been arraigned on a charge he fatally shot a 16-year-old high school sophomore 25 years ago.

The South Bend Tribune reports 43-year-old Phillip Geans of Mishawaka was arraigned on a murder charge Monday by video from the St. Joseph County Jail in South Bend, where he is being held without bond in the 1988 death of Theresa Burns. Charges were filed Friday.

Geans was 18 when Burns was shot in her home after leaving Mishawaka High School. Police say Geans and Burns knew each other through friends.

Geans said he plans to hire his own attorney. He is scheduled to be back in court Jan. 6 for an initial hearing.

He also faces an unrelated drunken driving charge.

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