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2013 Year in Review, Part II

As 2014 quickly approaches, we are taking the time to look back on some of the major local stories of this past year. On Saturday, we brought the headlines that kicked off 2013. We continue our year in review with a look at the top stories from this spring.
As 2014 quickly approaches, we are taking the time to look back on some of the major local stories of this past year.
 
On Saturday,  we brought the headlines that kicked off 2013. We continue our year in review with a look at the top stories from this spring.

The city of Paris, Illinois was turned upside down in the summer of 2011, when Terry Payton was accused of killing his own mother. After a week-long trial nearly two years later, the 17-year-old  learned his fate: guilty of second degree murder.

"Today was a culmination of basically a family tragedy. It's a tragedy in the  community, a tragedy to that family... and I certainly respect the jury's decision," said Edgar Co. State's Attorney Mark Isaf.

Payton's attorney Robert McIntire adds: "Whatever a person's feeling,  whether he's guilty or innocent, he [Terry] still deserves the support of his friends and needs that interaction."

And in April in Vigo County, some Good Samaritans literally put their lives on the line to save another.

A homeless couple was sleeping in a dumpster outside of the Hilton Garden Inn in Terre Haute when they were thrown into a garbage truck. Hotel workers jumped into action, diving inside to try and rescue the couple.
   
"And it was piled up with garbage so I just climbed back there and I just had so much adrenaline and I was just pulling trash and pulling trash and pulling trash as fast as I could, as hard as I could. And I just kept telling him, I talked to him...stay with us, stay with us mister, stay with us. It's going to be okay, I'm going to get you. It's okay," said Carol Anderson.
 
Jean-Marie Jackson, 42, suffered multiple injuries from the accident. Her companion, Franshon Barr, was pronounced dead on the scene.


And in the world of sports, nothing rocked the Hoosier State - and the Wabash Valley - like Washington native Cody Zeller declaring he would be leaving Indiana University for the NBA.
   
In 72 career starts at IU, Zeller averaged 29 minutes and 16.1 points per game, which lead to back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances and the university's first Big Ten title in 20 years.

"I wasn't taking credit for it then, and I'm not going to take credit for it now. Everyone in this program has worked hard to get this program back," said Zeller.

 
And in June, what started out as a missing girl case quickly turned deadly in Greene County this summer, after the body of 19-year old Katelyn Wolfe was found in a pond in Sullivan County.

Police quickly arrested suspects Jordan Buskirk and Randal Crosely for her murder...devastating an entire community and the families of everyone involved.

"I'm devastated... (could he possibly do this?) I would never have thought so. Anybody who knows Jordan knows he couldn't do this," said Gilbert Buskirk, father of Jordan Buskirk.

 Buskirk has entered a guilty plea and has agreed to testify against partner Randal Crosley. Crosley is set to face a jury in 2014.

We will continue our Year in Review as 2014 approaches.

Tune in to NBC 2 News at 6 this week for the next round of headlines, and a look back at some of our favorite moments of this year.
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