(Courier file photo)
(Courier file photo)
The last of four women who were teens when convicted in 1993 of the murder of Shanda Renee Sharer, 12, of Jeffersonville, whose beaten and burned body was found near Madison, has been paroled.

Melinda Loveless, then of New Albany and 16 at the time, was released Sept. 5, 2019, and is serving out-of-state parole, according to the Indiana Department of Corrections offender database. Department of Corrections officials declined to say from what facility Loveless was released or where she is serving parole.

Loveless was described at the time as the ringleader in the murder of Sharer. She pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Mary “Laurie” Tackett, 43, of Madison was released from the Rockville Correctional Facility in January 2018. It has not been determined where Tackett went after her release or where she now lives.

Toni Lawrence and Hope Rippey, who were both from Madison and both 15 at the time of the murder, also have been released from prison.

According to court testimony at the time, Loveless wanted Sharer killed because Loveless was jealous of Sharer’s relationship with Loveless’ girlfriend, who was not one of the four girls involved in the murder.

The girls picked Sharer up from her home late on the night of Jan. 10, 1992. According to testimony, Loveless was hiding in the backseat of the vehicle when Sharer got in to join the others.

A story in the Madison Courier in 1992 described how the girls bound, beat and burned Sharer. Her body was found just off the side of Lemon Road by hunters on Jan. 11, 1992.

The girls bound Sharer’s wrists and ankles. Reports in the Madison Courier said the four beat Sharer with an iron bar. Sharer was placed in the trunk of the vehicle the girls were in and taken to another location in rural Jefferson County and beaten again. Finally, Sharer was pulled out of the trunk and a flammable liquid was poured over her and and she was set on fire.