On April 29th, 1989 or perhaps sometime in the morning hours of April 30th Rev. Bob Pelley, his wife Dawn and two of their children were gunned down in their home in Lakeville, Indiana.
In August of 2002 in a political maneuver charges were filed against Bob's son Jeff.
On July 21st, 2006 Jeff Pelley was wrongfully convicted of killing his family.
On October 17, 2006 Jeff was sentenced to 160 years in prison for a crime which he did not committ.
This website has been established in an effort to help free Jeff. As his defense team prepared for trial they quickly became aware that not all leads were followed in the investigation of the Pelley's deaths. In fact, numerous people have come forward with information that they had previously shared with police and no reports had been filed. Police simply focused on Jeff and gathered no information on the real killer or killers. They didn't even fingerprint the crime scene.
If you have any information regarding this case please email us. All information will be properly investigated.
We would like to thank all of you that have taken time to stop by our website and share your story or offer encouragement. We continue to be amazed by those of you who have spoken to the police sometime within the last 20 years and the fact that those statements were never turned over to the defense attorney. Thank you for bringing them to our attention at this time.
"The current administration didn't charge this case; this case was charged by Mr. Toth and his administration," said deputy prosecutor Frank Schaffer, who is trying the case. "So I really don't know what was the guiding force behind them to charge him, but they did." WSBT
April 8, 2008 The Indiana Court of Appeals "Reversed and Remanded" Jeff's Conviction.
August 14, 2008 The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer of the case.
February 19, 2009 The Indiana Supreme Court reinstated Jeff's conviction.
March 2009 The Innocence Project from Indiana University School of Law- Indianapolis has agreed to take our case.
February 2012 I just wanted to take a minute to respond to a few emails that we have received lately regarding the status of Jeff's case. The Innocence Project continues to work faithfully on the case. They are making amazing progress and we are so grateful to have them on board with us! At their request we are not discussing details of their work. But rest assured they are indeed working diligently. Thanks for all of your prayers and support!
July 2016 I never dreamed the process would take this long. For those of you that have thought that our lawyers and the Innocence Project have packed up and left that would be an incorrect assessment. We are so grateful to them for the countless hours that they pour into this case. We continue to wait and to fight for information that others don't seem to want to hand over. We have been through numerous prosecutors and judges at this point but we press on!
March 2019 Nearly 30 years later and we are still waiting for some sense of closure. 17 of those years we have been fighting the system, fighting for records, for evidence withheld, and we have been fighting 13 years to get Jeff home. It has a been a long wait but 2019 promises M O V E M E N T.