Jury Selection For Bisard Trial Begins (VIDEO)

By Jeff Neumeyer

October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 5:53 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) --Trudging ahead to get a jury for a big criminal trial moved to Fort Wayne from Indianapolis.

Halfway through day one of jury selection in the trial of suspended Indianapolis police officer David Bisard almost half of the 12-member panel had been seated.

At least 140 people were summoned to the Allen County Courthouse on Monday, potential candidates to hear evidence in the trial that might last into early November.

They are holding the trial for Bisard here because there was so much attention paid the case in Indy that the courts decided he couldn't get a fair trial in central Indiana.

In August 2010, while he was on duty and in his marked squad car, Bisard is accused of driving drunk and plowing into a group of motorcycles stopped at a stoplight on the northside of Indianapolis.

One biker was killed, two others were hurt.

This case is noteworthy, not only for the fact that it involved the alleged misdeeds of an on-duty cop, but that an issue has been made of the way some of the evidence was handled.

Lawyers for Bisard will try to show in the trial that the blood test that indicated the officer was legally drunk was messed up or possibly tampered with.

The defense will also argue that the technician who drew the blood was not qualified to do so.

Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck, however, has ruled that two vials of Bisard's blood can be admitted in the trial, provided that prosecutors lay a proper foundation.

Even though all the events of this case happened in Marion County, 120 miles south of Fort Wayne, it has impact on this area.

At least 14 men and women from Allen County who serve on the jury will become immersed in the details of the case, something that will impact their family and friends as well.

The trial will also rob members of the public of some prime parking spaces near the courthouse for the duration of the trial.

Those spaces will be reserved mainly for members of the out of town media covering the testimony and production of evidence.

It is forcing courthouse visitors to go looking for parking further away from the court building.

In addition, because this case is taking so much of Judge Surbeck's time right now, some local court cases could be pushed into delays.

Again, the trial is scheduled to last between two and four weeks.


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