Man convicted of shooting 2 Indiana judges outside restaurant in 2019

One of many males charged in connection to a Could 2019 capturing of judges exterior a downtown White Fortress restaurant has been discovered responsible of aggravated battery and different crimes.

Brandon Kaiser was convicted on seven out of eight felony costs and one misdemeanor by a jury after a 3-day jury trial.

Along with aggravated battery, Kaiser was discovered responsible on a number of costs of battery by the use of a lethal weapon, one rely of battery leading to reasonable bodily damage, and carrying a handgun with no license. He was discovered not responsible on one rely of battery leading to reasonable bodily damage.

David Margerum, Kaiser’s lawyer, informed WRTV that Kaiser was taken into custody after the decision.

In keeping with court docket paperwork, Clark County Circuit judges Brad Jacobs and Andrew Adams had been shot and wounded within the early morning hours on Could 1, 2019, within the car parking zone of White Fortress on South Road close to Lucas Oil Stadium.

Throughout an altercation, pictures had been fired, hanging Jacobs and Adams.

Kaiser was one of many males charged within the incident.

In 2020, Kaiser’s lawyer filed paperwork with the court docket that Kaiser and his pals had been performing in self-defense towards the group of judges.

Courtroom paperwork filed in October 2019 claimed that Crawford County Decide Sabrina Bell, who was with Jacobs and Adams on the time, flipped off Kaiser and his buddy as they drove by the White Fortress. Bell additionally informed investigators that she may need stated one thing to “egged on” Kaiser and his buddy.

Adams accepted a plea settlement to plead responsible to battery leading to bodily damage in September 2019. Below the plea settlement, prosecutors agreed to dismiss six further costs towards Adams. He obtained a suspended sentence of 12 months. Adams has additionally petitioned to be reinstated to the bench.

On October 11, 2019, the Indiana Fee of Judicial {Qualifications} filed disciplinary costs towards the three judges concerned.

Jacobs and Bell had been each reinstated to the bench in December of that 12 months after serving 30-day suspensions. Adams was ordered to serve a 60-day suspension.

Kaiser’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 21, on-line court docket data present.

James Howell Jr. and Vic Ryckaert at WRTV first reported this story.

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