Day 8: Bisard trial jurors to hear testimony involving DNA evidence
Last Updated: 42 days ago
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - As the trial of suspended Indianapolis Police Officer David Bisard continues in its second week, Wednesday's testimony is expected to focus on DNA evidence linked to the deadly crash.
UPDATE: 3:00 p.m.: Another juror was excused from the jury due to a job-related issue, leaving just one alternate juror.
Richard Ruth, a crash reconstructionist consultant and engineer, testified about what the internal data from Bisard's police cruiser reveals about the crash.
Ruth said the data comes from two modules -- a power train module and an air bag module.
According to the data, Ruth said Bisard was traveling 76 mph, then he applied the brake just one second before impact.
Ruth said the data shows Bisard's cruiser was going 60 mph when it struck motorcyclist Eric Wells.
UPDATE: 10:14 a.m.: It was revealed in court that a member of Metro police has been attending the trial and sending daily summaries of testimony to others in the department, including some on the witness list.
"That's about as bad as anything I've heard about the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. But I've heard a lot of bad things about the IMPD," Judge John Surbeck said.
Major Greg Bieberich, who has been sending the notes, was put under oath and told to stop disseminating the information.
"You need to realize that this must stop immediately," Surbeck told Bieberich.
Bieberich responded, "Yes, sir."
Bisard is accused of DUI and crashing into a group of motorcyclists in August 2010. Eric Wells died in the crash, and two others, Mary Wells and Kurt Weekly, were seriously injured.
Investigators said blood tests expected to be introduced as evidence show Bisard had a blood-alcohol level more than twice Indiana's legal limit of 0.08 percent at the time of the crash.
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On the stand Tuesday, the State tried to lay the foundation that if not drunken driving, Bisard was certainly suspect of reckless driving.
Sgt. Doug Heustis, IMPD's crash reconstruction is expected to take the witness stand and the defense will use that opportunity to try and cast some doubt on the effectiveness of the anti-lock braking system on Bisard's police cruiser, Jack Rinehart reported.
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