Suspect accused of killing deputy Koontz had criminal history in 5 counties over 8 years


Mug shot of Evan Dorsey

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 21, 2016) – New information is coming out about the man accused of killing Howard county deputy Carl Koontz.

The 25-year-old suspect, Evan Dorsey, had a lengthy criminal history in multiple counties.

Court records show the suspects criminal history started in 2008 in Montgomery county.  Over the next 7 years, he would face charges in Morgan, Marion, Clinton and Howard counties.

In 2008, Dorsey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery charges in Montgomery county and as part of a plea deal spent 60 days in jail.

The next year, in 2009, Dorsey was charged with possession of marijuana which resulted in a 100 day jail sentence in Morgan County.

In 2011, Dorsey found himself back in court in Marion County, again charged with possession of marijuana.

That offense landed Dorsey in jail on a 60-day sentence.

In 2014, Dorsey was charged a third time in a third county with drug possession and possession of a syringe in Clinton County.

According to the affidavit, officers pulled Dorsey over on a routine traffic stop and found a prescription bottle filled with heroin and a syringe in Dorsey’s sock hat.  That case led to the parole violation and failure to appear in court that led to the fatal shooting.

As late as last year, in December 2015, Dorsey was charged with resisting law enforcement and providing false information in Howard County.

The criminal history does not surprise attorney Jack Crawford.

“A major problem in this state in that individual counties don`t talk with each other about the criminal history of defendants,” said Crawford.

Crawford says the state has tried and failed for years to synchronize all county courthouses into a single online court system.

“I bet you anything that each judge that sentenced Dorsey was unaware of his full entire criminal history,” said Crawford.

Crawford believes, even before this weekend`s deadly shooting, the current court system puts officers in jeopardy while serving warrants, because they may not know the suspects full criminal history before showing up at their door.

“If you are serial offender for minor offenses you can commit crimes all over the state and still be free,” said Crawford.

The Howard County Coroner’s Office preliminary autopsy report has determined the cause of death for Dorsey was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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