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Judge moves officer's trial to Allen County

Charles Wilson

INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis police officer accused of causing a fatal 2010 crash by driving drunk will be tried in Fort Wayne.

A judge on Thursday ordered David Bisard’s trial moved away from Marion County because of extensive media coverage in the Indianapolis area.

Judge Grant Hawkins said Dec. 6 that the case had generated too much publicity for Bisard to get a fair trial in central Indiana.

Bisard faces charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, reckless homicide and criminal recklessness in the 2010 crash that killed 30-year-old Eric Wells and injured two others.

The case has undergone a series of delays over admission of blood tests that showed Bisard had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.

If convicted, Bisard could face 20 or more years in prison.

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