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Hung jury means new trial for one of the men accused of injurying officers

Friday, April 28, 2006

On Thursday morning, a hung jury was unable to convict Larry Douglas Winn, 43, of felony battery charges involving two patrolmen from the Brazil City Police Department.

Unable to reach a verdict at first on any of the charges against Winn, Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers sent the jury members back to the jury room for further deliberation.

The jury returned with a guilty verdict on the count of Resisting Law Enforcement and the count of Intimidation, both are Class A misdemeanors.

Akers accepted the jury's verdict and set a sentencing date for May 24 at 1:30 p.m.

Winn remains in custody at the Clay County Justice Center.

The Clay County Prosecutor's Office will begin preparations for a new trial against Winn for one count of Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, a Class C felony, and one count of Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury, a Class D felony.

The charges stem from a January 14 incident with law enforcement at Winn's residence.

During a domestic dispute involving Winn and his son, Brandon Douglas Winn, 20, a fight broke out with two officers from the Brazil City Police Department who were trying to take the Winns into custody. After using pepper spray, Patrolman Chris Blila and Sgt. Dave Archer drew their weapons during the fight, but did not shoot. The officers then had to protect their firearms because Larry Winn tried to grab them.

Blila and Archer were injured during the struggle.

As the fight got out of control, the officers called for backup and officers from the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, and other off-duty officers in the area rushed to the scene.

Larry Winn was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, battery with serious injury and aggravated battery.

Brandon Douglas Winn, 20, was also arrested at the incident and preliminary charged with minor consumption, resisting law enforcement, battery with serious injury and aggravated battery. Further details about his court date are unavailable.

Police Chief Mark Loudermilk told The Brazil Times late Friday afternoon that the two officers are still on medical leave.

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