Prosecutor In Vauhxx Booker Case Recuses Herself

Jul 30, 2020

Monroe County prosecutor Erika Oliphant announced she will appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case against two white men charged with assaulting a black man earlier this month.

REGULAR PROSECUTING ATTORNEY’S PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF A SPECIAL PROSECUTING ATTORNEY by Indiana Public Media News on Scribd

Sean Purdy and Jerry Cox are charged with criminal confinement, battery resulting in moderate bodily injury and intimidation. 

Cox is also facing battery charges stemming from the July 4th incident, which was partially captured on cell phone video.

Purdy and his girlfriend Caroline McCord both filed motions this week requesting a special prosecutor. 

READ MORE: Sean Purdy Requests Special Prosecutor In Vauhxx Booker Case

Purdy’s request, much like McCord’s, says Monroe County Prosecutor Erika Oliphant is not fit to prosecute the case because she has a conflict of interest. They say she is more concerned with keeping her job as prosecutor than enforcing the laws of the state.

In a document filed in Monroe Circuit Court, Oliphant said she was “not conceding an actual conflict of interest.”  However, she is appointing a special prosecutor to avoid any “appearance of impropriety.”

Booker, a Bloomington resident, says he was accosted by several white men as we he was walking through the woods near Lake Monroe. Video shows the men pinning Booker to a tree, some of them hurled racial epithets at Booker, and one of them asked for someone to get a noose, before the suspects dispersed.