ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Establishing ground rules for a highly publicized criminal trial in Allen County.
The date was set Friday for the trial of a troubled Indianapolis police officer who is accused of causing a terrible crash while driving drunk on the job.
This case is big news in Indy, so much so, that they moved it here, in an effort to find a fair and impartial jury.
37-year old David Bisard learned in court that October 15th is his projected trial date.
In August of 2010, he was in his Indianapolis police cruiser with the siren on, when he plowed into the back of three motorcycles stopped at a traffic light.
One of the riders died, while two others were badly hurt.
His blood alcohol level tested more than twice the legal limit.
But because the lab tech that took the sample was not certified to do such work under Indiana law, prosecutors cut back their charges in response to the mishandled evidence.
Recently, charges were boosted again, after the state Supreme Court ruled that the results from a second vial of blood could be used against Bisard.
Bisard kept quiet during the hearing, letting his team of three lawyers do all the talking in court.
Allen Superior Court Criminal Judge John Surbeck set May first and June first deadlines for the attorneys to file key motions and share evidence, hinting he feels this case has dragged on too long in the past.
The discussions Friday suggested the jury will not be kept in seclusion during the trial, and the judge was adamant, he's ready to work long days to make sure the trial doesn't take longer than two and a half weeks once it finally gets started this fall.
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