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Woman admits role in Waterloo police shooting


The woman involved in the December 2011 shooting of a deputy Waterloo marshal pleaded guilty Friday, admitting to her role.

Julie Marie King, 34, pleaded guilty to a single charge of aiding in attempted murder, one of three charges she faced in connection with the Dec. 15, 2011, shooting of Deputy Marshal Stephen Brady.

She was also charged with felony murder and conspiracy to commit murder, according to DeKalb Superior Court documents.

King and her boyfriend, Ralph Hardiek, both were shot by police after they hid under a porch in Waterloo after Hardiek shot Brady in the face. Critically injured, King survived, but Hardiek, 41, was killed.

The terms of King’s plea agreement were not available Friday evening.

DeKalb Superior Judge Monte Brown had yet to rule on a motion by King’s court-appointed defense attorney, Dan Pappas, to suppress evidence collected by police the day of the shooting.

Pappas argued the searches were illegal because officers failed to tell the judge of all the pertinent facts. Had the judge known all the facts, a search warrant would not have been issued, Pappas argued in his motion.

Brown heard arguments on that motion last week and took the matter under advisement. He had already denied Pappas’ requests to have the trial moved to a different county, to keep King’s statements to police out of court, and to dismiss the felony murder charge entirely.

Earlier in the morning of Dec. 15, 2011, the couple knocked on the door of a woman’s home in Waterloo, asking for help in getting their car freed from the mud. The woman declined to help them, but later told Brady at a nearby gas station, and the veteran officer went to look for the couple.

He found them near Railroad and Center streets. As he asked King for her identification, Hardiek shot him in the face, police said.

Another officer found Brady, and multiple officers responded to the area looking for Hardiek and King. They were found huddled together under a porch. Police said Hardiek brandished a handgun at officers, and police fired into the area under the porch.

Hardiek was killed and King was taken to a hospital in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds.

The couple was reportedly looking for money to get to Utah so Hardiek could avoid prison time. He skipped a sentencing hearing a few days earlier in Noble County on a charge of dealing methamphetamine.

Hardiek was to have gone to prison for about six years, according to the terms of his plea agreement.

According to court documents, King was charged with felony murder, accused of participating in the crime in which Hardiek was killed.

A robbery cited by prosecutors in their decision to charge King with felony murder occurred in Coldwater, Mich., about 10 hours before Hardiek was killed, according to court documents.