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Southern Miss Police Officer Keyes to Appear on Discovery ID Programs

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University of Southern Mississippi Police Capt. Rusty Keyes will appear on the Discovery ID program “Wicked Attraction” Wednesday night (Aug. 14) to discuss a murder case that captured national headlines. The program airs at 8 p.m. central time.

Keyes worked as lead investigator, along with Terrell Carson, for the Hattiesburg Police Department in March, 2004 when Hattiesburg residents Vernon Hulett and Linda Heintzelman were found dead inside a freezer on an abandoned farm in Kansas. Roger Gillett and his girlfriend Lisa Jo Chamberlain were both convicted of the murders in separate trials. They were subsequently sentenced to death.

Discovery ID producers were on the Southern Miss campus today (Aug. 13) to tape another segment with Keyes for an episode of the channel’s series “Scorned” featuring the murder of Hattiesburg heart surgeon David Stephens.

Keyes also served as lead investigator on the 2001 Stephens case which resulted in the conviction of his wife, Stephanie Stephens, on murder charges. Investigators said she put a lethal dose of anesthetic drugs into his insulin pump. Dr. Stephens was a diabetic and suffered from hepatitis. Stephanie Stephens died in prison in 2006 from pneumonia.

The “Scorned” episode featuring Keyes will be aired at a future date to be determined.