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Jury finds IMPD officer guilty on all 9 counts

November 5, 2013

An Allen County jury returned a guilty verdict Tuesday afternoon in the trial of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer David Bisard. Bisard faced nine charges stemming from a deadly accident in August 2010 when his police cruiser struck motorcyclists stopped at an Indianapolis intersection.

Bisard was convicted of Class B felony operating with a blood alcohol concentration higher than 0.15; Class C felonies operating while intoxicated causing death and reckless homicide; and Class D felonies OWI causing serious injury, operating with a BAC 0.08 causing injury, OWI causing serious injury, operating with a BAC of 0.08, and two counts of criminal recklessness.

The trial was moved from Marion County to Allen County due to pre-trial publicity.

Prosecutors alleged Bisard was intoxicated when he struck the motorcyclists while responding to a police call, which killed Eric Wells and injured Mary Mills and Kurt Weekly.

The trial began Oct. 14, and jury deliberations started Monday around 3 p.m.

The issue of admitting blood drawn from Bisard following the accident made it to the Indiana Court of Appeals, which reinstated the evidence. The Indiana Supreme Court declined transfer on the matter in December 2012.

Bisard’s sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 26.
 

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