Hot tip on cold case leads to arrest

March 20, 2013

Indiana State Police detectives believe they can finally close a 30-year-old cold case involving a murder at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. Scottsburg resident Paul Stucker, 52, was arrested Tuesday in Gretna, La., in connection with the slaying of Johnny Hodge, 34, inside a cell at the prison in 1983. A tip led police to Gretna and to Stucker. U.S. Marshals and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force assisted with the investigation. Stucker is awaiting extradition from Louisiana to Indiana.