A man who has already served one prison sentence for murder appears ready and willing to start another.
41 year old Steven Clippinger appeared in court today via closed circuit television, and confessed to killing his brother and sister in law at their Mishawaka home early Saturday morning.
Steven Clippinger told the judge, “We all know the truth and the facts, that was my brother that was my sister-in- law, that I did that to.”
Steven Clippinger’s life after prison had been based at a home off Auten Road, just west of State Road 933.
That’s where Clippinger was living with 40 year old Jenifer Leveque and the couple’s son who had just turned 1 year old in May.
Steven was a week away from finishing up in machining at Ivy Tech and appeared to have lined up a factory job in Niles, according to his mother.
Early Saturday morning, at a home in the 700 block of E. 11th Street in Mishawaka—Steven Clippinger’s future began looking a lot like his past.
Brother Matthew Clippinger, a pipefitter by trade—was shot to death in the garage of the home. Matthew’s wife Lisa Clippinger—who worked at Best Buy, was shot to death inside the home.
Court documents indicate that Matthew and Lisa’s two children were in the home at the time and were able to tell police about Steven Clippinger’s visit to the home earlier in the day.
When officers caught up with Clippinger, court documents indicate he was attempting to pull out of the driveway of the Auten Road home with plans to head to Georgia with Leveque and an unnamed individual.
Today, via closed circuit television, Steven Clippinger told the court that he didn’t want to waste time, he didn’t want an attorney, and he wanted a speedy trial.
Jenifer Leveque also made her initial appearance in court. She responded, “No, I didn’t,” when she was formally accused of driving Clippinger away from the murder scene. Leveque claimed that she was forced to drive because Clippinger had threatened her with a gun.
Clippinger’s original murder conviction came in February of 1990, for the 1989 murder of 66 year old Richard Gibson of South Bend.
Clippinger was sentenced to 45 years, but was released in April of 2010, according to prison records.