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State Seeks Death Penalty in Killing of Deputy Jacob Pickett

Prosecutors say Anthony Baumgardt killed Deputy Jacob Pickett on March 2 after running from police.

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. -- The death penalty is being sought in the murder of Boone County Sheriff's Deputy Jake Pickett.

Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer said Tuesday he has filed the death penalty request after carefully considering all aspects of the case and talking with Attorney General Curtis Hill and Pickett's family.

"I believe I have a pretty clear picture and understanding at this point," Meyer said. "That is why, today, my office filed the death penalty request."

Meyer's office has charged Anthony Baumgardt with murdering Deputy Pickett during a police chase in Lebanon March 2.

“When someone takes the life of a police officer, by intentionally killing him/her, while he/she is acting in the line of duty, then that person should have to face the ultimate penalty, which, in the State of Indiana, is a sentence of death," Meyer said in a statement.

Baumgardt was shot by another officer after he fired at Pickett, police say. He was treated at Methodist Hospital until he was released into police custody. He is currently being held without bond in the Hamilton County Jail. His trial date is set for July 31, 2018.

In the meantime, Meyer says additional charges could be filed in the "the coming weeks" as he says his investigation has not concluded just yet. He refers to it as a 10,000-piece jigsaw puzzle that is 95-percent compete.

(Photos by RTV6.) 

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