Woman Pleads Guilty To Aiding In Attempted Murder Of A Waterloo Police Officer

By Emma Koch
By Jeff Neumeyer

March 22, 2013 Updated Mar 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM EDT

DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- A plea bargain is struck in the shooting of a Waterloo police officer.

The prosecution's willingness to dismiss the most serious charge against the defendant helped close the deal.

Julie King pleaded guilty to aiding in attempted murder, getting the case closer to final resolution in the shooting of officer Steve Brady.

The 34-year old King faces between 20 and 38 years on the aiding in attempted murder charge.

A charge of felony murder was dropped in the plea.

December 15th of 2011, Brady was on patrol late at night when he approached King and Ralph Hardiek, who were walking down a Waterloo street.

Brady says Hardiek shot him in the face.

The bullet traveled through his jawbone, requiring painful surgeries to repair the injuries.

Three hours after Brady was shot, other officers fired on the two suspects after they emerged from under a deck.

Police insist Hardiek displayed a gun before they opened fire.

Hardiek died and King was wounded.

Brady, who returned to work late last year, was at Friday’s hearing.

" Trials have their advantages and disadvantages. It's probably to everybody's best interest that a trial doesn't take place. It's hard on everybody for trial. She's being held accountable," Brady said.

Sentencing is set for May 6th.

At that time, Judge Monte Brown will decide whether to accept the plea and how much prison time to order.

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