This is a horrible tragedy for the family of the two boys and the surrounding community. Emotion runs rampant in cases like these. Law enforcement officials reported that Conley showed no emotion when he confessed to strangling his ten year old brother. Conley told officials that he wanted to be like Dexter Morgan, the serial killer played by Michael C Hall in the Showtime series "Dexter." Dearborn/Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard put it bluntly, "He's a cold blooded murderer."
I would assume that there is no handbook on how to handle situations tragedies like this. The legal system is set up to protect the rights of the accused as well as the victims. There have to be evaluations, competency hearings, etc... to ensure there is a fair trial. Even though Conley confessed to killing his brother, if the trial is not handled properly, it could lead to unnecessary appeals and even mistrials. The Court has a responsibility to protect the rights of the accused no matter how guilty the accused may be. Who was one of the first professionals the Court appointed to evaluate Andrew Conley? Dr. Edward J Connor of Connor and Associates, PLLC.
"This Court is most concerned about Husband's irrational behavior and attacks on Dr. Connor." Judge James D Humphrey wrote this in the final decree in my divorce. Judge Humphrey terminated my ability to see my children because he was most concerned about my "irrational behavior and attacks on Dr. Connor." Why does Judge Humphrey find it necessary to protect the professional he often appoints? The only thing I did is question why Dr. Connor lied about why Dr. Connor would not release the case file from the child custody evaluation he performed during the course of my divorce hearing. Dr. Connor attacked me when I questioned his false statements. (For more information go to When Psychologists Attack on my website) Judge James D Humphrey denied my motion to appoint a guardian ad litem (GAL) to represent my children in the divorce. If Judge Humphrey was truly concerned about the welfare of my little girls, he would have appointed a GAL to protect them. Judge Humphrey denied my motion because he did not want another professional to find out how Judge Humphrey turned his back to the unethical and illegal conduct of Dr. Edward J Connor.
In a letter to my former attorney, dated November 11, 2009, Dr. Connor attached orders that Dr. Connor claimed prohibited him from releasing the case file from my evaluation. The fax heading on the orders that Dr. Connor sent my attorney, indicated that he received the orders from Judge James D Humphrey and opposing counsel Angela G Loechel. The orders were faxed from the Circuit Court and Ms. Loechel's office to Dr. Connor's office on October 22, 2009. Neither I nor my attorney at the time were copied to any of the correspondence between Dr. Connor, the Court and opposing counsel. I later found out that none of the correspondence was on the chronological case summary, which documents the case history. If Dr. Connor would not have sent my former attorney documents with the Court's fax heading at the top, there would have been no way that I would have known Judge Humphrey was communicating with Dr. Connor without my knowledge. Communication outside the presence of the parties is called ex parte communication. Judge Humphrey's actions are a violation of Judicial Canon 3 of the Indiana Judicial Code of Conduct. Why is Judge James D Humphrey conducting ex parte communications with Dr. Edward J Connor about my case? Are they talking about other cases as well. How often do they speak off of the Court record? How much money does Dr. Connor make off his appointments from Judge Humphrey? Are Dr. Connor and Judge Humphrey going to talk about Andrew Conley's case behind closed doors?
"[Dr. Connor] attributed Mullikin's addiction to child pornography to being sexually confused after becoming aroused while being spanked by a nun in fifth grade." -Jim Hannah, www.nky.com 1/13/2010
Dr. Connor testified for the defense of Kenneth Mullikin who was found guilty of possessing "sadistic and masochistic" child pornography. What will Dr. Connor testify to for the defense of Andrew Conley? Will Dr. Connor tell the truth? Will Dr. Connor conveniently blame all of Andrew Conley's problems on a TV show or possibly a spanking from a 5th grade teacher? Judge James D Humphrey and Prosecutor Aaron Negangard are aware that Dr. Connor lied in documents provided to the Court. They are aware that Dr. Connor made false written statements concerning his business practice and his involvement in a legal hearing. Judge Humphrey and Aaron Negangard are aware that Dr. Connor sent these documents via fax and US Mail, which Detective Mike Kreinhop, of the Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit said was a federal offense. Judge James D Humphrey protects Dr. Connor's illegal conduct; Prosecutor Negangard and the Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit turns their backs.
This year is an election year for Judge Humphrey. Why would Judge Humphrey appoint a psychologist that he knows is unethical? Because this is Judge Humphrey's guy. Judge Humphrey has been appointing Dr. Edward J Connor as a psychological expert long before Dr. Connor was licensed to practice psychology by the state of Indiana. Dr. Connor's "professional opinion" can mean the difference between Andrew Conley being eligible for parole in 20 years verses never being for eligible parole. Given the history of Judge Humphrey and Dr. Connor, they may already have decided which way to go.