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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Defense seeks gag order of Indiana shooting victim"

The most recent story the ILB has posted on this case is from Feb. 28th, headed "Family of woman shot outside day care fear suspect's bond is too low." The AP had this story yesterday afternoon - some quotes:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawyer for an Indianapolis man accused of shooting his ex-wife outside a day care center was given until Thursday to request a gag order that would keep the woman from doing a television interview, a judge in the case said after the attorney missed a motion hearing.

Defense attorney Jackie Butler filed an emergency motion Tuesday asking the court to bar Shirley Justice from the interview. The motion says a station plans to air the interview Thursday night, and that it could prejudice potential jurors. Christopher Justice has been charged in the Feb. 18 shooting.

The interview with WTHR-TV was already recorded. It wasn't clear what that would mean if a gag order is issued.

A hearing on Butler's motion was scheduled for Wednesday morning in Marion County court, but the lawyer didn't show up. Courtroom staff who tried to locate her told the judge that Butler was taking part in a mediation.

With Butler missing from the hearing, Judge Grant Hawkins declined to rule and instead gave her another day to file a second emergency motion.

The ILB has not yet seen that a WTHR story has aired.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 15, 2014 10:35 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts