Day 15: Both sides rest in David Bisard trial; Closing arguments set for Monday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The prosecution and defense have rested in the trial of embattled Indianapolis Metro Police Officer David Bisard, with closing arguments coming before the jury gets the case on Monday.

Jurors were told to bring two sets of clothing Monday in case they don't reach a decision that day.

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If the jury doesn't reach a decision Monday, they will stay at a hotel until a decision is made.

Prosecutors called their rebuttal witnesses earlier Friday.

Bisard is accused of DUI in the August 2010 crash where Eric Wells was killed and Mary Mills and Kurt Weekly were injured.

On Thursday, jurors heard from Dr. Fran Gengo, a clinical pharmacologist, who testified that he was in agreement with everyone else at the crash site, that he had not seen any evidence to suggest that Bisard was intoxicated.

After listening to Bisard ask for help on the police radio then order streets and intersections shut down, Gengo concluded his actions were quick and decisive.

On Monday, jurors will hear closing arguments and after more than three years, this case will go to the jury.

UPDATE 1 p.m.

Prosecutors called Michele Glen to the stand to rebut Thursday testimony from two witnesses brought by Bisard's defense team.

Glen is the director of Essential Lab Services in St. Louis, and was the former assistant director of the State Lab in Indianapolis. She said she also spent 12 years working with the Michigan State Police.

In particular, prosecutor's wanted Glen to address previous testimony about the fermentation of glucose in blood samples and how medication Bisard may have taken could have affected gas chromatography results.

Glen said there should always be glucose in blood, and that the presence of an anti-coagulant in a blood sample would be enough to make it usable, whether or not there was a preservative or improper mixing.

Prosecutor's also asked Glen about the possibility of alcohol production in Vial 1 and 2 of Bisard's blood.

"There was no production of alcohol in either blood sample," she said.

Glen also refuted earlier testimony that hand sanitizer Bisard allegedly put on his hands and arms could have had an effect on alcohol levels in his blood samples.

"There isn't enough alcohol in hand sanitizers," Glen said. "It evaporates rather quickly. It's not going to be absorbed into the skin."

 

Glen also said the medications Bisard was taking at the time would have had "no impact" on the results of a blood alcohol test.

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