After surrendering to authorities without incident around 10:30 p.m., Thursday, Edward Lee Doran, 40, Vermillion, Ill., had a busy Friday.
In the morning, Doran appeared in Clay Circuit Court Friday morning regarding the petition to revoke his probation on a previous conviction stemming from a strangulation case on Aug. 16, 2009.
According to records on file at the Clay County Courthouse, on March 1, 2010, Doran entered into a negotiated plea agreement with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office. Waiving his rights, Doran agreed to plead guilty to a class D felony strangulation charge in return the state would drop the remaining charges, including class D domestic battery and a class C battery resulting in bodily injury.
Doran was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction for a period of two years, all suspended with the exception of 180 days, which the court allowed to be served on work release. He was also placed on probation for 18 months.
However, on June 1, a petition to revoke Doran's probation was formally filed and an arrest warrant was processed.
On Friday, Circuit Court Judge Pro Tem Jason D. Brown, with assistance of Chief Deputy Prosecutor Kim Jackson, informed Doran of his rights and the allegations and potential penalties regarding the petition to revoke probation. Attorney Geoffrey Creason was appointed defense council and a fact-finding hearing was tentatively scheduled on July 28.
Brown also issued a no contact order for the victims in the Aug. 16, 2009, incident, released Doran from the work release program and remanded the defendant into the custody of the Clay County Justice Center without prospect of a bond.
Officials confirmed allegations regarding Doran's involvement in Thursday's domestic dispute at a rural Cory residence and an alleged rape that occurred during Memorial Day weekend are currently under review by the prosecutor's office and formal charges could be filed early next week.
In the afternoon, Doran agreed to help CCSD locate the handgun allegedly used during the domestic dispute Thursday.
According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, Doran took deputies and investigators right to the area where he discarded the handgun in a wooded area near the rural Cory residence.
"The gun has been collected and is being processed into evidence," Heaton told The Brazil Times around 3:30 p.m., Friday. "It was located in a wooded area just south of where the incident occurred."
It is unknown at this time what charges will be filed, if any, against Doran in Vigo County for failing to return while serving a sentence at Vigo County Work Release.
Further details of the case are being withheld at this time to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.