INDIANAPOLIS - The trial of Indianapolis police Officer David Bisard, who's accused of causing a fatal 2010 crash by driving drunk, will be heard in Allen County.
The change of venue was announced at a hearing Thursday. Allen Superior Judge John F. Surbeck Jr. will hear the case.
Bisard faces charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, reckless homicide and criminal recklessness in the 2010 crash that killed 30-year-old Eric Wells and seriously injured two others.
The case has undergone a series of delays over admission of blood tests that showed Bisard had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.
If convicted, Bisard could face 20 or more years in prison.
A hearing in Allen County was set for March 8.
Bisard's attorney, John Kautzman, said he wanted the trial moved but did not want the new location publicly released.
"We filed a motion that this information about this new county did not need to be publicly released," Kautzman said. "But we are very confident Judge Surbeck will handle everything very, very well."
Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson said she is comfortable with the decision to move the trial.
"I'm certainly aware of Judge Surbeck's reputation, and I'm comfortable with Allen County, especially given the size of the county, and that it is the appropriate venue," Robinson said.
Wells' mother said she will attend the trial no matter where it's held.
"I will be there from start to finish to the end all the way," Mary Wells said. "This is my son. He lost his life for no reason. The person who did it was responsible to uphold the law and he was the biggest law breaker there was."