Prosecutors scrambling after Loving mistrial revelation

Aug 5, 2016

Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann and Sheriff Dave Wedding meet with reporters to discuss charges against Albert Fink
Credit John Gibson

Update, 5pm Friday: When contacted about the developments in the Caleb Loving case, Indiana Attorney General spokesman Bryan Corbin said that they are aware of the case, but had no other comment.

Following a mistrial order in an arson and explosives case Thursday, prosecutors made another revelation with statewide implications on Friday.

An arrest warrant has been issued for psychologist Albert Fink of Bloomington, who admitted to police he falsified a mental evaluation for Caleb Loving in advance of the arson trial.

That revelation came after psychologist Albert Fink of Bloomington crashed his car on his way to testify in Evansville about Loving’s competence to stand trial.

Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann says the 83-year-old Fink told a state police trooper why he crashed. He allegedly said he was afraid to testify in Loving's trial because authorities might realize he'd falsified his evaluation.

Hermann told a news conference that Fink’s past actions may affect many more cases. He says Fink has performed evaluations in about 70 local cases and hundreds more across Indiana. Hermann says Fink betrayed a "trust."

Hermann says a lot of work lies ahead for the prosecutor’s office. He says some of the cases that Fink worked on may be challenged.

At least one is a murder case.

Fink was one of two psychologists appointed by Vanderburgh Circuit Court to help determine whether Loving was competent.

The judge in the case declared a mistrial after learning of Fink’s crash and admission.

Loving is due back in court next week.