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Closing Arguments Monday in Bisard Trial

11/1/2013

David Bisard (WIBC.com file photo)

Testimony is complete in the trial of IMPD officer David Bisard in a fatal 2010 crash, with the key question essentially the same as when it started:

Bisard is charged with reckless homicide and drunken driving in the death of motorcyclist Eric Wells. From opening statements on, prosecutors have acknowledged that while a blood test indicated Bisard was drunk, several witnesses say he didn't look it. WIBC legal analyst Greg Garrison says jurors will be relying on both the scientific testimony they've heard and their own experience:

Defense lawyers acknowledge Bisard drank vodka the night before the crash, but not nearly enough to make him drunk. They contend the blood samples were mishandled.

Bisard is awaiting trial in a second DUI case. Unlike the fatal crash, Garrison says witnesses in that case say Bisard did appear drunk. He says prosecutors might have been better off bringing that case to trial first so they could use it to bolster the more serious case. Instead, jurors haven’t been allowed to hear about the second arrest.

Closing arguments are Monday.

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