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Special prosecutor sought after courtroom attack

Associated Press

ROCHESTER – A special prosecutor should be appointed to determine whether a northern Indiana woman will be charged in an attack on a woman who had just been sentenced in a crash that killed her three children at a school bus stop, county prosecutors said.

Fulton County prosecutors asked a judge in a filing Thursday to appoint a special prosecutor because that they cannot be unbiased in deciding whether Brittany Ingle should be charged in the Dec. 18 attack on Alyssa Shepherd. It unfolded after Shepherd was sentenced to four years in prison in the deaths of Ingle's three children.

Both women were exiting a courtroom after the sentencing when Ingle rushed past the guard holding Shepherd and hit her in the head “with what appeared to be her hand/elbow,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

Shepherd's head appeared to hit a courtroom wall after she was struck by Ingle, it states. Shepherd received a CT scan, but it showed no injuries, the South Bend Tribune reported.

Ingle was removed in handcuffs, charged with preliminary misdemeanor battery and later released. Fulton County Prosecutor Michael Marrs said she has not been formally charged.

Marrs said he doesn't feel his office could be unbiased in handling Ingle's case because of how close his staff came to her and her family.

As Fulton County's sheriff restrained Ingle after the attack, she told him she was upset because of the outcome of the case against Shepherd and the deaths of her three children, according to the probable cause affidavit.


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