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Anthony Baumgardt: "No Remorse" for What Happened to Deputy Pickett

Baumgardt said he shot Pickett because he "didn't want to get bit" by Pickett's K-9 partner, Brik.

LEBANON, Ind. -- The man accused of shooting and killing a Boone County Sheriff's Deputy said he did it because he "didn't want to get bit by a dog" and that he has "no remorse" for what happened.

Anthony Baumgardt said those two things as he was walked into court for his first appearance in the charges against him in the death of Deputy Jacob Pickett.

When asked why he did it, he said "I didn't want to get bit by a dog", referencing Deputy Pickett's K-9 that was with him during a foot pursuit of Baumgardt, 21, on Friday, March 2. 

Someone looking on said, "That's Deputy Pickett's dog, that's Brik."

Baumgardt replied, "I didn't want to get bit by Brik."

When asked if he was sorry, he answered, "Nope, no remorse."

Baumgardt faces the following charges:

  • Murder
  • Possession of methamphetamine (2 counts)
  • Carrying a handgun with a prior conviction
  • Carrying a handgun without a license
  • Resisting law enforcement
  • Possession of marijuana (2 counts)

Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer said Tuesday that Baumgardt is eligible for the death penalty, and, while he hasn't made a final decision yet, he's "leaning that way."

(Photo by RTV6.)

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