August hearing set for suspect in Indiana officer’s slaying

A man accused of fatally shooting a western Indiana police officer during an ambush outside an FBI field office will appear in federal court in mid-August for his initial hearing in the case.

Shane Meehan, 44, is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig McKee on Aug. 13 in the federal courthouse in Terre Haute, the Tribune-Star reported.

Meehan is charged with premeditated murder of a federal agent in the slaying of Terre Haute police Detective Greg Ferency, a 30-year department veteran who was also a federal task force agent.

Ferency was 53 and the father of 18-year-old twins when was killed in Terre Haute on July 7. In that incident, a man threw a Molotov cocktail at an FBI office and then shot the officer as he emerged from the building, authorities said.

Ferency and an FBI agent both fired on Meehan, wounding him in the ambush in the city about 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Indianapolis

McKee granted a request by Meehan’s attorneys to move the initial hearing from its original date of Aug. 3 to Aug. 13. The suspect’s attorneys said the delay would “allow additional time for Mr. Meehan to recover and be more fully prepared for this hearing.”

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