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Friday, July 13, 2012

Ind. Courts - The Bisard story continues

Updating this long list of earlier ILB entries, here are two stories on yesterday's court hearing:

From the Indianapolis Star, Carrie Ritchie's report begins:

A Marion County judge said Thursday that he intends to let prosecutors go ahead with plans to test vials of blood that show IMPD officer David Bisard was drunk in 2010 when he crashed his car into a group of motorcyclists, killing one of them.

But first, prosecutors have to provide a report that shows who handled the blood.

It’s a minor victory for prosecutors, who want to restest the sample to confirm the results of another test that showed Bisard’s blood-alcohol content was 0.19 after the crash — more than twice the level at which Indiana drivers are considered drunk. Prosecutors also want to do a DNA test to confirm it was, in fact, Bisard’s blood.

The story by Charles Wilson of the AP begins:
A judge gave prosecutors tentative permission Thursday to test blood from an Indianapolis officer accused of drunken driving in a fatal crash even though police had mishandled the sample.

Judge Grant Hawkins essentially upheld an earlier ruling in March, which lawyers for David Bisard had asked him to reconsider. Defense attorneys want to keep the blood out of evidence.

However, Hawkins delayed his ruling from taking effect until July 30, saying by then prosecutors must document to his satisfaction all those who handled the blood sample.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 13, 2012 08:43 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts