Suspect in IMPD officer’s slaying to face death penalty

The man accused of fatally shooting an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer will face a potential death sentence, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office announced Tuesday.

Elliahs Dorsey is charged with the April 9, 2020, murder of IMPD Officer Breann Leath. Leath, 24, was one of three IMPD officers who responded to a domestic violence call involving Dorsey, who is accused of firing on officers and killing Leath. She had been with the department for about 2½ years.

“The aggravating circumstance cited for the death penalty request is … Dorsey murdered Officer Breann Leath while she was acting in the course of duty as a law enforcement officer in violation of I.C. 35-50-2-9(b)(6)(A),” the prosecutor’s office said in a news release.

In addition to the murder count against Dorsey, he also faces four counts of Level 1 felony attempted murder, a count of Level 3 felony criminal confinement with a deadly weapon and a Class A misdemeanor battery count.

Dorsey’s trial will be before Judge Mark Stoner in Marion Superior Court 32, and a jury trial date was expected to be rescheduled today. Dorsey’s lead public defender did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

The case is State of Indiana v. Elliahs L. Dorsey, 49D32-2004-MR-013622.

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