Law & Criminal Justice

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Kenneth Cotter has been named as special prosecutor to handle the investigation into the shooting death of Aaron Bailey by Indianapolis police.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says Cotter’s appointment was aimed at avoiding the appearance of conflict in the case.

He says he believes his office could handle the case but was worried about public perception.

Gen Con Partners With Child Advocates For Charity

Aug 18, 2017

Gen Con is underway in Indianapolis and every year the popular event names a charity partner. This year’s partner is Child Advocates which is Marion County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, organization.

CASA volunteers, provide a voice in court for children who have been removed from their homes. The Marion County branch of this organization hopes to reach the estimated 200,000 people attending Gen Con.

Executive director Cindy Booth says the need for CASA services is growing with the opioid epidemic.

Ohio Co escapee captured

Aug 10, 2017

A man who escaped from the Ohio County jail is back in custody. 

Kentucky State Police say troopers from both the Henderson and Madisonville posts, along with the US Marshals Service, found and arrested 48-year-old Arnold Ray McKenney at a home in Hopkins County.

A news release from KSP says McKenney will be charged with 2nd Degree Escape after he slipped out the Ohio County Detention Center in Hartford nearly 2 weeks ago.

Another inmate, 23-year-old Harley Roebke of Hartford, is accused of helping McKenney break out.

Man Accused Of Killing Southport Officer In Court

Aug 9, 2017

The man accused of killing a Southport police officer had his first court hearing Wednesday. Jason Brown’s court date was twice delayed because of injuries he sustained in a car crash where Officer Aaron Allan tried to rescue him.

According to an affidavit, Brown shot Aaron Allan 11 times while hanging upside down in an overturned car. Another officer responding to the July 27 accident shot Brown.

Guilty Plea in Falsified Mental Evaluation Case

Aug 8, 2017
AJ Casey / WNIN

Bloomington psychologist Dr. Albert Fink pleaded guilty to an obstruction of justice charge Tuesday afternoon. 

In a plea deal, Fink admitted to submitting false evidence in the Vanderburgh County trial of Caleb Loving last August. Fink was charged with obstruction of justice and theft. The theft charge was dismissed in the plea agreement.

The plea agreement included an eighteen month jail sentence that was suspended to probation and a $10,000 fine. Fink must also surrender his professional licenses.