What to expect: David Bisard trial

Wondering what to expect for suspended Officer David Bisard's trial? Here's what you need to know.

 

Trial plans

David Bisard's case will be heard in Allen Superior Court 6, with Judge John F. Surbeck Jr. presiding.

IMAGES: Inside Allen Superior Court 6

The trial is expected to take about two weeks, but Judge Surbeck has set aside four weeks in case it runs longer.

The trial begins Oct. 14 with jury selection, which is expected to take two days. Twelve jurors and four alternates will be chosen. Testimony will begin the day after jury selection is complete.

Judge Surbeck is planning to hear eight hours of testimony each day, with an hour break for lunch.

Nobody will be allowed to transmit any information from inside the courtroom. News reporters in the third-floor courtroom will have to go to the first-floor media staging area to share any information.

 

Prosecution

Plaintiff -- State of Indiana, represented by:

Marion County Prosecutor's Office

  • Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson
  • Kenneth Hollingsworth

 

Defense

Defendant -- David Bisard, represented by:

Ruckelshaus, Kautzman, Blackwell, Bemis & Hasbrook

  • John Fredrick Kautzman
  • Edward Joseph Merchant

Law Officers of Robert W. Gevers, II -- Fort Wayne, Ind.

  • Robert William Gevers II

 

Charges
 

Charges: Bisard, David

Statute

Level

1.

Causing Death When Operating a Motor Vehicle with an ACE of .15 or More

9-30-5-5(b)(1)

Felony B

       

2.  

Causing Death When Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated

9-30-5-5(a)(3)

Felony C

       

3.  

Reckless Homicide

35-42-1-5

Felony C

4.  

Causing Serious Bodily Injury when Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated

9-30-5-4(a)(3)

Felony D

       

5.  

Causing Serious Bodily Injury when Operating a Motor Vehicle with an ACE of .08

9-30-5-4(a)(1)

Felony D

       

6.  

Causing Serious Bodily Injury when Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated

9-30-5-4(a)(3)

Felony D

       

7.  

Causing Serious Bodily Injury when Operating a Motor Vehicle with an ACE of .08

9-30-5-4(a)(1)

Felony D

8.  

Criminal Recklessness-Inflicts Serious Bodily Injury on Another

35-42-2-2(d)(1)

Felony D

       

9.  

Criminal Recklessness-Inflicts Serious Bodily Injury on Another

35-42-2-2(d)(1)

Felony D

More details: Indiana Code 9-30-5 | Indiana Code 35-42

 

Sentencing

In Indiana,

-- a Class B felony carries a sentence of 6 to 20 years and fines up to $10,000
-- a Class C felony carries a sentence of 2 to 8 years and fines up to $10,000
-- a Class D felony carries a sentence of 6 months to 3 years and fines up to $10,000

With Bisard facing one Class B felony, two Class C felonies and six Class D felonies, he faces a maximum sentence of 54 years and maximum fines of $90,000 if convicted on all counts.

For more about sentencing in Indiana, click here  (http://bit.ly/19zNhed)

 

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