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James R. GAMES





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: July 14, 1983
Date of birth: July 22, 1964
Victim profile: Thomas Ferree, 42 (acquaintance)
Method of murder: Stabbing and bludgeoning with knife, meat cleaver and fireplace poker
Location: Marion County, Indiana, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on April 5, 1984. Commuted to life in prison on August 31, 1995



DOB: 07-22-1964
DOC#: 13156 White Male

Marion County Superior Court
Judge John W. Tranberg

Prosecutor: David Cook

Defense: Grant W. Hawkins

Date of Murder: July 14, 1983

Victim(s): Thomas Ferree W/M/42 (Acquaintance of Games)

Method of Murder: stabbing and bludgeoning with knife, meat cleaver and fireplace poker

Summary: Games and his 14 year old accomplice, Earl Tillberry, agreed upon a scheme to lure Thomas Ferree into taking them to his home, where they would tie him up, knock him out, and steal his stereo and car. Ferree was a homosexual who anticipated sexual favors from Games and Tillberry.

Once at Ferree's home, he invited Tillberry upstairs to take a shower with him. Games told Tillberry to consent and to stab him on the stairs. Tillberry did so, and when Ferree fell, Games then attacked him, stabbing him with the same knife. Then with an assortment of knives, a meat cleaver, and fireplace poker provided by Tillberry, Games continued to stab and bludgeon Ferree. They took the victim's car and fled, Ferree died as a result of the multiple stab wounds.

Tillberry was the star witness for the State at trial and received a 55 year sentence.

Conviction: Murder, Conspiracy to Murder, Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery

Sentencing: April 5, 1984 (Death Sentence)

Aggravating Circumstances: b(1) Robbery

Mitigating Circumstances: 18 years old at the time of the murder, minimal prior criminal record, paltry education, unstable family life, consumed alcohol and marijuana on day of murder, remorse over killings, voluntarily surrendered to police, alcohol and drug abuse as teenager, father was abusive alcoholic prone to violence

On Remand: 06-15-99 Marion County Superior Court Tonya Walton Pratt sentenced Games to 60 years for Murder, 50 years for Robbery (A Felony), and 8 years for Conspiracy to Commit Robbery (C Felony), with Murder and Robbery sentences to run consecutively for a total of 110 years imprisonment.


James R. Games



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