FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A Fort Wayne doctor is accused of interfering with the jury during the trial of former Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer David Bisard.
Dr. William Hedrick was arrested this week on a charge of interfering with jury service, a Class B misdemeanor.
One of Dr. Hedrick’s employees—an alternate who ended up being called to serve on the jury—said Hedrick fired him over his jury service. The trial last nearly three and a half weeks.
According to court documents, the employee received an email saying someone had been hired to fill in while he was serving as a juror. However, he later received a voicemail from an HR representative from Hedrick’s company informing him that he’d been fired.
State law prohibits the firing of a worker on jury duty.
Hedrick had been previously accused of overprescribing pain medicine and was placed on probation.
Bisard was convicted on nine counts, including reckless homicide and driving while intoxicated, in connection with an on-duty crash in August 2010 that killed one motorcyclist and injured two others.