Both wounded judges now in stable condition

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Both Clark County judges wounded in a downtown Indianapolis shooting early Wednesday morning are now in stable condition.

Clark Circuit Judges Andrew Adams and Bradley Jacobs remain hospitalized after being shot in the parking lot of a downtown Indianapolis White Castle around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Adams was hospitalized in stable condition, but Jacobs was initially listed as in critical condition.

Jacobs’ condition improved to serious but stable condition after he underwent surgery Thursday morning. The Indiana Supreme Court reported Friday afternoon that both men are now in stable condition.

The judges are believed to be hospitalized at Eskenazi Health and IU Health Methodist, but neither hospital would confirm if the men were being treated there.

Adams and Jacobs were in Indianapolis for the Spring Judicial Conference hosted by the Indiana Supreme Court. Judges from across the state gathered in the capital city for the conference, which began Wednesday.

The Indiana Supreme Court’s Office of Judicial Administration is working with Clark County Presiding Judge Vicki Carmichael to ensure the continued operations of Clark Circuit Courts 1 and 2, where Adams and Jacobs preside. The Supreme Court said Thursday that the temporary judicial vacancies will be filled with senior judges and judges pro tempore, though no official appointments have been announced.

According to the Supreme Court, Clark Circuit Court 1 disposed of 5,097 cases in 2018, while Clark Circuit Court 2 disposed of 3,173 cases in 2018.

Clark County traditionally has one of the busiest dockets in Indiana. In 2018, the county had eight regularly assigned judicial officers but needed 10.43, according to the 2018 Weighted Caseload Measures.

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