Sheriff's Officers Guard Against Vigilante Justice In High Profile Murder Case
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Allen County Sheriff’s officers strive to protect a “marked man”.
Security was tight for Wednesday’s initial hearing for 39-year old Michael Plumadore, who is accused of the horrific slaying of 9-year old Aliahna Lemmon the Thursday before Christmas.
Sheriff's department officers tried to make sure the accused child killer was not the target of violence himself.
Sheriff Ken Fries says as many as 30 extra officers were called in to keep an eye on Plumadore as he was being transported to and from court.
Plumadore was whisked out of a security area to a waiting vehicle following his court appearance on formal charges of murder, abuse of a corpse and moving a body from the scene.
He’s accused of killing Lemmon with a brick, then using a hacksaw to dismember the body.
Plumadore shook his head "no", when asked by reporters if he had anything to say about Aliahna Lemmon's murder.
We asked Sheriff Fries if his office had received specific threats to Plumadore's safety.
Sheriff Ken Fries/(R) Allen County: " We've gotten numerous threats and whether any of them are actually going to come through with what they've threatened, I don't know, but we have to be careful of all those."
Fries says it's a tumultuous case and the public is upset about what Plumadore has reportedly confessed to, but it's the obligation of authorities to ensure that he or any other suspect is afforded safety and security throughout his prosecution.
He has another hearing set for January 18th, designed to get him a trial date.
Count on extra security being in place for that as well.
Plumadore has requested that a public defender be appointed to represent him at taxpayer expense.
A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered on behalf of Plumadore at the Wednesday court hearing.