ALLEN COUNTY – Twelve jurors have been selected for the trial of David Bisard along with three alternates. The judge said the three alternates will be enough.
Seven men and five women will sit on the jury. They’ll go through some court instructions Tuesday afternoon and be ready for the trial to start Wednesday morning. Opening statements are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
The trial of the Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer was moved to Allen Superior Court in Fort Wayne because of extensive pretrial publicity in Indianapolis. Bisard faces nine charges, including reckless homicide, for the 2010 on-duty crash that killed motorcyclist Eric Wells.
Before the arrival of the potential jurors, Bisard entered the courtroom dressed in a brown suit, his wrists handcuffed behind his back. As a sheriff’s deputy removed the restraints, Bisard made eye contact and spoke softly to five members of his family, including his wife, who sat in the second row of the gallery.
Mark Hollingsworth, deputy prosecutor, took over the questioning of six potential jurors.
Hollingsworth reassured the candidates that if they were chosen to the panel they would not be sequestered and cut off from their families and all media and recreational activities.
The prosecutor explained the concept of reckless behavior that was perhaps not intentional but the perpetrator should have known his actions would cause harm.