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Justices deny Bisard’s blood evidence appeal

December 11, 2012

The Indiana Supreme Court let stand a ruling by the Court of Appeals allowing blood test results to be admitted in the drunken driving fatality trial of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer David Bisard.

The justices denied transfer except for Chief Justice Brent Dickson, who voted to grant transfer, and Justice Mark Massa, who did not participate in the deliberations.

Bisard drove his police cruiser into three motorcyclists stopped at an intersection on Aug. 6, 2010, killing Eric Wells and severely injuring Mary Mills and Kurt Weekly. Bisard is charged with drunken driving and reckless homicide.

The Court of Appeals in September ruled blood evidence that showed Bisard had a blood alcohol content of 0.19 percent could be admitted, reversing a trial court decision that found the person who drew blood wasn’t qualified and didn’t follow protocol.

Separately, Marion Superior Judge Grant Hawkins on Dec. 7 ordered Bisard’s trial moved from the Indianapolis media market because of publicity. There has been no ruling on the new venue for the trial.
 
 

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