Speedway man admits to fatally stabbing ex-girlfriend, police say

Brian Murphy charged with murder

SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Chilling new details have been released in the fatal stabbing of a Speedway woman whose ex-boyfriend admitted to the crime, police said.

Brian Murphy, 30, called police late Tuesday to say he thought he had just killed his ex-girlfriend in their home in the 1300 block of Norfolk Circle.

When officers arrived, they found Murphy standing outside with blood on his shirt, according to the probable cause affidavit.

"I did it," he told the officers, according to the affidavit. "I don't know if she's alive or dead, but I'm hoping the latter."

When officers went inside, they found Jessica Syvinski, 37, in a bedroom stabbed twice in the chest. She was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital, where she later died.

When medics arrived at the home, Murphy yelled at them, "Take your time," according to the affidavit.

Murphy told police that he and Syvinski had been dating for 12 years and had lived together for four years but had recently broken up.

The night of the stabbing, he said he heard Syvinski in her bedroom on the phone with her new boyfriend, so he got a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her, according to the affidavit.

"It was definitely premeditated," he told police, according to the affidavit. "I'm not shedding any tears over it."

Murphy was arrested and later charged with murder.

Friends told police that Syvinski had met a man online and had been talking with him.

Syvinski worked at Eagle Creek Court Apartments. Her boss told police that she told him she was afraid to go home because of Murphy.

He offered to let her use a vacant apartment for the night, but she declined. 

"Those kind of comments are quite chilling to myself and to the neighborhood," said neighbor Chris Walker. "Brian making those comments about Jessica as I know her, he certainly has some mental issues that need to be dealt with."

According to domestic violence experts, Murphy's behavior fits a time-tested pattern.

"If the offender or the abuser is losing control of that relationship, they are going to do the ultimate to regain control," said Laura Berry, with the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. "It could be physical injury or death. His attitude was, at that time, if she's not going to be with me, she's not going to be with anyone else, and I'm going to make certain of that."

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