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Bisard trial costs Allen County nearly $26,000

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The Allen County court that conducted the criminal trial of a former Indianapolis police officer accused of killing a man and injuring two others while driving intoxicated has totaled up how much Marion County owes it: $25,588.13.

The trial of former Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer David Bisard was moved to Allen County from Marion County due to pretrial publicity. Bisard was convicted in November 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. He was sentenced to 13 years.

The trial was conducted in Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck’s court over the course of 17 days. The Allen Superior Court and the Allen County clerk have submitted paperwork to the Allen County auditor, which will then send it to the Marion County auditor. The Indiana Supreme Court released the change of venue record and claim Wednesday.

The most expensive costs were mileages, meals, lodging, per diems and materials paid to or for jurors at $18,592.58; and “all other expenses necessarily incurred by the county due to this change of venue” which notes “(Overtime Hours for Sheriff) at $4,260.80. The one-page form also notes it cost $1,750 to house Bisard during the trial.

In August 2010, Bisard’s squad car crashed into motorcyclists stopped at an intersection in Indianapolis. Eric Wells was killed in the crash; Mary Mills and Kurt Weekly were severely injured. A blood draw taken the day of the crash came back with a 0.19 percent BAC, although responding officers at the scene did not note any signs of impairment regarding Bisard.

 

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