Defense Lawyer: King Should "Count Her Lucky Stars" She's Alive

By Jeff Neumeyer

February 29, 2012 Updated Feb 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM EST

AUBURN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- She survived a close call with death, but Julie King's troubles are far from over.

She now faces a felony murder charge, as prosecutors contend she played a role in an ambush shooting of a Waterloo police officer.

Indiana’s NewsCenter spoke exclusively with the woman’s lawyer, who shared thoughts following a Wednesday court hearing about how his client was hit by a barrage of bullets, and lived to tell about it.

It was just a status hearing to make sure everything's on track for trial in June.

King kept her hood up and had nothing to say on her way back to jail.

She's charged in the December shooting of deputy marshal Stephen Brady, who took a bullet to the face during an alleged confrontation with King and Ralph Hardiek on a Waterloo street.

Brady was hurt, but didn't die.

King is technically charged in the death of Hardiek, who was killed hours later in a standoff with other police officers.

Prosecutors say Hardiek rose up and pointed a gun at the group of officers who had surrounded a porch the two were hiding under.

It prompted the cops to open fire.

King's lawyer says she was struck all over her body.

Dan Pappas/Public Defender: " At least 6, maybe up to 14 times, but I'll be looking at the medical records as we receive them. What I don't know is exactly what the entry and exit wounds were of those bullets, but it seems to me if you're shot that many times, you have to count your lucky stars."

Pappas says he will strongly consider seeking a change of venue to another county outside this area.

Though it’s not in dispute that police actually killed Ralph Hardiek, King is charged with felony murder.

Under Indiana law, prosecutors can pursue that and get a conviction, provided they can prove the death occurred while King and Hardiek were committing some other felony crime.

If the case goes to trial, we’ll watch whether Pappas vigorously argues that the felony murder charge doesn't fit the circumstances in this case.




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