Judge Considers Bisard Change of Venue Request
|David Bisard (WIBC.com photo: Liz Thomas)
It could take a judge several weeks to decide whether the trial for IMPD Officer David Bisard will be moved from Marion County.
Judge Grant Hawkins Friday heard a change of venue request from Bisard's attorney John Kautzman who argued media coverage of the crash has been "inaccurate" and "prejudicial."
Prosecutors argued the motion was premature, noting it would cost money to transfer proceedings to another location.
"We want to do everything we can to make sure the defendant receives a fair trial, but at the same time, recognizing that transferring something out of Marion County costs money," said Carl Brizzi, Marion County Prosecutor.
Hawkins took the matter under advisement, saying if he had to issue a ruling right now, the case would be sent to another county.
Officer Bisard was on duty when he struck a group of motorcyclists stopped at a red light. The crash killed Eric Wells, 30, and seriously injured Mary Mills, 47, and Kurt Weekly, 44.
Alcohol-related charges were dropped as a result of an IMPD procedural error that made blood test results inadmissible. Bisard is still charged with reckless homicide and criminal recklessness.
The nine-year veteran of the force has been suspended without pay pending termination.