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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ind. Courts - "Heavily armed suspect had map to Johnson Co. judge's home"

Vic Ryckaert of the Indianapolis Star reported yesterday in a story that begins:

INDIANAPOLIS — When police in Indiana busted a 31-year-old man with bomb-making materials, a rifle and a homemade silencer, they thought he might have been targeting a mall.

Christopher Byrne was in the parking lot of Greenwood Park Mall when a Greenwood police officer stopped him. But new evidence released in court this week shows he had home addresses for law enforcement officers and a judge.

According to court records filed Monday, authorities unlocked Byrne's cellphone and discovered "the defendant had obtained the home address of the presiding judge in this case, via Google maps, just a few days before his arrest."

The same day the information came to light, Johnson Superior Court Judge Cynthia Emkes recused herself and ordered that the Indiana Supreme Court assign a special judge to preside over Byrne's sentencing hearing.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 26, 2017 09:46 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts