Grand Jury Process Used Infrequently In Indiana

By Scott Sarvay

June 18, 2010 Updated Sep 22, 2009 at 5:21 PM EDT

Wabash County, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A grand jury convened Tuesday morning to determine if charges should be filed against Scott Pattison in the death of his 36-year-old wife Lisa.

Lisa Pattison died July 2nd, and her death has been ruled a homicide.

According to the Grant County coroner, Lisa died from asphyxia, due to neck compression.

Scott Pattison told police he found his wife in the weight room of their La Fontaine home with a barbell on her throat.

Lisa was taken to Marion General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

We may not learn much at all about the Pattison Grand Jury proceedings until the prosecutor reveals whether or not an indictment or indictments are returned in the woman's death.

Fort Wayne Defense Attorney Don Swanson is familiar with the grand jury process.

He says anyone who testifies before a grand jury or has knowledge of the proceedings risks being charged criminally if they discuss publicly what was said behind closed doors.

Swanson says prosecutors who call a grand jury usually have a specific reason for doing so.

Defense Lawyer Don Swanson said, "I would say that the prosecutor there is more looking for guidance from the grand jury and the grand jury investigation as to what exactly to charge the man with, and it may be that he may have one in mind that may not suit the family."

The grand jury probe in this case is expected to wrap up Thursday, with a decision following soon after on whether to indict or not.


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