This is a documentary of Charity Payne, a young woman sentenced to 165
years in prison for her role in the triple homicide murders in Lakeville, Indiana in September 2000.
This is her story up to the murders, her incarceration, and release.
Charity Payne had what many would call a normal small town background. She had good
parents, supportive friends, and was popular in school. She attended John Glenn High School,
graduated in 2000, and started a new job. Everything was going well until she met Phillip Stroud.
Charity's decisions sparked a flame that would never be extinguished, forever
changing the course of her life and many lives around her.
On September 14, 2000, Wayne Shumaker, Corby Myers, and Lynn Ganger were
building a loft in a pole barn in an upscale, rural Indiana home. Phillip Stroud and 3 men
from Detroit came to burglarize the home not knowing the construction workers were
on site. After one of the workers came out of the barn, Stroud decided they needed to
be killed because they may have seen the license plate on their car. Instead of fleeing
the scene, Stroud had the construction workers tied up and robbed. He then shot each of
them in the head with a Tech .9mm handgun.
Stroud later admitted to the killings, and how they bypassed the burglar alarm due to information
provided by Charity. Charity had dated a young man whose parents owned the home.
The events would shatter a small community.
Charity was convicted of triple homicide and sentenced to 165 years in prison
(only to serve 7) in one of the most publicized cases in northern Indiana history.
During the trial, Charity was advised by her lawyer to plead the fifth.
The public came to its own conclusion. One thing this documentary will offer is a chance
for Charity to speak after over ten years of silence.
Without Charity is story of family and the relationships that have been formed and destroyed over a
community that wanted justice. Will anyone grant her forgiveness?
The goal of this film is to obtain interviews from Charity, her family, the families of the victims,
lawyers, people from the community and those involved with the media/law enforcement. What was Charity's
role in the crimes that took place? Did she know what results that would have taken place? Was she
just a naive woman, or a mastermind in planning a gruesome crime? Did the
justice system fail the families of the victims? What are their feelings on this matter?
How does Charity's family/friends feel about the crimes? This documentary is going to explore
those questions, and provide a look into this terrible tragedy that left three loved ones dead
and a community that wanted justice.