ALLEN COUNTY – Attorneys on both sides of the upcoming trial of suspended Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer David Bisard met in court Monday to hash out some of the evidence in the case.
The hearing was scheduled for two days, though the second day was continued until Aug. 28 so defense lawyers could have more time to go through some documents. The hearing adjourned at 2:30 p.m. Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck is presiding over the case.
Bisard is accused of being drunk when he rammed his squad car into a group of motorcyclists, killing Eric Wells and injuring Mary Mills and Kurt Weekly on Aug. 6, 2010. Bisard is charged with reckless homicide, criminal recklessness and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was on duty during the crash.
In April 2013, Bisard was arrested again on suspicion of drunk driving after police say he crashed his truck in Lawrence. Prosecutors successfully argued that Bisard’s bond should be revoked, and he went back to jail.
In court Monday, footage of Bisard’s 2013 arrest was played. Attorneys said Bisard wasn’t excessively slurring his speech even though tests put his blood alcohol level was 0.22. Attorneys said that showed that he could function even with high levels of alcohol in his system. His blood alcohol tested at 0.19 in the August 2010 crash, and witnesses said there were no signs of impairment from Bisard in the aftermath.
When the hearing resumes in August, disputed blood evidenced from the 2010 crash will take center stage. That blood evidence was initially thrown out over a technicality; a ruling from the Indiana Court of Appeals said the blood draw was admissible. Bisard’s defense wants that evidence suppressed while prosecutors will ask Surbeck to allow it to be used in the case.
The trial was moved from Marion County to Allen County because of pretrial publicity. It’s scheduled to start on Oct .14.