Plea Deal for Woman Charged in Waterloo Deputy Shooting?

By Megan Trent

Plea Deal for Woman Charged in Waterloo Deputy Shooting?

September 26, 2012 Updated Sep 26, 2012 at 6:38 PM EDT

DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - It appears a plea deal is in the works for an Auburn woman allegedly involved in the shooting of a Waterloo police officer last December.

On Wednesday, 33-year-old Julie Marie King's final pre-trial conference was pushed back to Friday, October 5th, at 8:30 a.m.

Dan Pappas, King's public defender, told the DeKalb County judge that King is close to a deal, but needs more time to go over some of the details. The judge granted the defense's motion for a continuance.

If a plea deal is announced on October 5th, King will avoid a five day jury trial scheduled to begin October 22nd.

King was escorted out of the courthouse in handcuffs, charged with Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Attempted Murder.

Court documents indicate King and her boyfriend, 41-year-old Ralph Hardiek, went to a home just north of Waterloo in the early morning hours of Thursday, December 15th, claiming to have a broken down car. Police say the duo really had robbery in mind.

When the home's owner alerted local law enforcement, 47-year-old Waterloo Deputy Marshal Steven Brady located the two. While Brady was asking King about identification, Hardiek reportedly shot Brady in the face.

The couple took off, but was found hiding under a deck. According to court documents, Hardiek pulled a gun on police. Both Hardiek and King were shot by officers.

Hardiek died, but under Indiana law, King can be charged with Murder, because Hardiek was killed while attempting to commit another felony - robbery.

Deputy Brady was in court Wednesday, looking and feeling much better. He says he says he understands the continuance in the case.




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