Bisard exhausts appeals as justices deny transfer

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The Indiana Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from former Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer David Bisard, who was convicted of killing one motorcyclist and seriously injuring two others while driving drunk in his police cruiser.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced the state’s highest court had denied transfer of Bisard's case from the Indiana Court of Appeals. The appeals court in March affirmed Bisard’s 2013 convictions on multiple counts of drunken driving stemming from the 2010 crash.

Justices denied transfer Thursday in a one-page order. The court was unanimous, but Justice Mark Massa did not participate.

Curry said Bisard has now exhausted all his appeals. Bisard is serving a 16-year prison sentence, and his projected release date is in October 2019, according to the Department of Correction.

Bisard was on duty with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when his cruiser plowed into motorcycles stopped at a traffic light on east 42nd Street in Indianapolis.

“This difficult case was a tragedy for all concerned; but Prosecutor Curry’s office and the trial court performed their duties correctly as our state’s appellate courts have found by leaving intact this defendant’s convictions and sentencing,” Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in a statement.


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