Arrested in March on a Grand Jury indictment for two counts of murder and initially incarcerated with a $200,000 bond, John Lovett, 37, Brazil, was released on bail from the Clay County Justice Center April 16 after raising the 10 percent, $20,000, for bail.
A few weeks later it was discovered there was an improper hearing process.
According to Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout, no evidentiary hearing took place before the court set the bond in April. An evidentiary hearing would have allowed Lovett and his defense counsel to present evidence and challenge the case against him.
When the court revoked his bond, Lovett voluntarily turned himself in to authorities at the Clay County Sheriff's Department without incident on May 12.
A new warrant was issued by the court stating that Lovett remain incarcerated in jail until the hearing could be held.
On Tuesday, Defense Attorney Richard Kammen presented several witnesses in Circuit Court in an attempt to the show that testimony provided to the Grand Jury in February was potentially one-sided.
Officials believed the testimony provided during the Grand Jury process in February would enhance the 20-year-old investigation and help develop even more evidence because witnesses were compelled to tell the truth by penalty of perjury.
It was the second time a Grand Jury had been convened in this case.
Kammen is attempting to show the judge that Lovett had a good relationship with Pickett and would not be involved in her murder or that of her father.
In 2004, Brazil City Police Captain Roger Lindsay, one of the original investigators, was accused of creating false information that wrongly implicated individuals of the murders. Officials believe Lindsay's alleged tampering hampered both the original case and the subsequent Indiana State Police Cold Case Investigative Team's investigations of the unsolved crime for more than 17 years.
Kammen continues presenting witness testimony in court today in an effort to prove to the court that Lovett should receive a bond reduction and challenge the prosecution's case against his client.
The Brazil Times will update this story.