FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The trial of Indianapolis police Officer David Bisard, who's accused of causing a fatal 2010 crash while driving drunk, is set for October.
Allen Superior Judge John F. Surbeck Jr. will hear the case after concerns about pre-trial publicity in Marion County, where Bisard was on duty when he struck a group of motorcyclists in 2010, killing 30-year-old Eric Wells and seriously injuring two others, police said.
At an initial hearing Friday, Surbeck set Bisard's trial date as Oct. 15.
The judge set aside four weeks in mid-October and November to hear testimony from witnesses and weigh evidence.
A pre-trial date was set for May 31, and the judge said all motions must be filed by then. The judge has also set a June deadline for the discovery process.
The prosecutor's office said the change of venue poses some unique challenges.
"Logistically, it's a little more difficult, because we have to prepare. It's not like we can run back to the prosecutor's office in Indianapolis to get what we need," said Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson. "But we'll be ready for it."
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.
Bisard's defense team is planning yet another challenge of the blood evidence, claiming that the technician who took the blood sample wasn't qualified and drew a flawed sample.
"He'll file whatever motions he deems appropriate, and we'll respond to them," Robinson said.
Bisard faces charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, reckless homicide and criminal recklessness. If convicted, he could face 20 or more years in prison.
RTV6 reporter Jack Rinehart is in Fort Wayne and will have updates throughout the day.