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Trial dates undetermined

Friday, July 22, 2011

Terry Harrison
Trial dates for two former City of Brazil employees are now up in the air.

A jury trial for former Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison was slated to begin Monday before Judge Michael Lewis in Vigo Superior Court Division 6.

However, on July 15, a motion to continue was filed by Harrison's defense counsel, then a similar motion was filed by the State of Indiana Wednesday due to congestion in the court calendar. As of Thursday, a new trial date had not been officially set.

Harrison, 47, is facing allegations of class B felony Failure To Deposit Public Funds and class D felony Official Misconduct. The charges stem from Harrison allegedly receiving and cashing a $2,000 grant check for funds intended to purchase car safety seats for children from the Indiana University Automotive Safety Program, but never depositing them into the official government accounts for the City of Brazil.

Lewis was appointed special judge in the matter, while Geoffrey Creason is Harrison's public defender and Putnam County Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter has been appointed special prosecutor.

Due to a conflict of interest because of Harrison's previous career in law enforcement and his potential for being subpoenaed to testify in ongoing criminal cases as an investigative officer, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, along with both Superior and Circuit Courts in Clay County, are unable to participate in the prosecution of this case.

Meanwhile, a new location has been set for the future trial against former Brazil Clerk-Treasurer Tracy Webster.

Tracy Webster
On June 28, a Change of Venue motion was granted by Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers, who subsequently recused himself from the case due to the perception of "potential bias, prejudice or the appearance of impropriety in the case," as his and Webster's families are acquainted.

The prosecution and Webster's defense counsel, Jessie Cook, came to the agreement on terms to transfer the case to Owen County.

While a date for the jury trial has not been set, a pre-trial conference has been organized for 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6, in Owen County Circuit Court with Judge Frank M. Nardi presiding.

Webster is facing formal charges of class C felony Forgery and three counts of class D felony Theft. The allegations stem from a five-month joint investigation between the Indiana State Police Criminal Investigative Division and Indiana State Board of Accounts. The probable cause affidavit in the case alleges Webster was involved in a total of $19,550.54 of unauthorized vendor payments, plus overpayment of compensation and/or benefits on numerous occasions between May 4, 2007 and Nov. 21, 2008.

Both Harrison and Webster are out on separate $10,000 (10-percent allowed) bond while awaiting future proceedings in their respective cases.

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Amazing that yall can push this when you know as well as anyone there is alot more going on in the legal system that gets ignored. Didn't he make restution on this??(Asking people so don't wigout)I have had a issue with the sheriffs dept. that I gave them the ID of the truck, plate no. and all. And there's no one home- For 2 years?? A certain town marshal has commented that they don't worry about putting them in jail cause nothing happens when they do. Well this is what we have to depend on. Basically we're on our own. And to pull him because he may of not followed protocal.WHAT ABOUT THEM?? Anyway"Terry, Cardonia Rednecks On Your side dude"

-- Posted by Cardonia Redneck on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 1:52 AM

There is a lot more going on that isnt reported in the newspaper. good luck Terry

-- Posted by grays on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 9:39 AM

Please tell, what else is going on.

-- Posted by Paper Planes on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 3:30 PM

Well once again there is a conspiracy and the Mayor is behind it. This article states the money taken by Harrison was grant money for Child Safety seats. Doesn't that bother anybody? To me it does not matter whether he paid it back or not. If the seats weren't purchased as they should have been because he took the money then there were families that needed them and could not get them. Has anybody thought of that? He may have paid it back eventually but it doesn't matter, the seats were obviously not purchased. I have not read any article that stated the Mayor took any money under the table or was investigated for corruption. I guess outoftowngolfer must have inside information and is not really from out of town.

-- Posted by commanche on Sun, Jul 24, 2011, at 9:50 AM

I must have hit a nerve with my last message because it was remove. Terry we are behind you all the way!

-- Posted by outoftowngolfer on Sun, Jul 24, 2011, at 8:47 PM

Good luck to both of you. We all know there is more to this story then what the public is being told! They will get theirs, it always comes back three folds!

-- Posted by phatrat on Mon, Jul 25, 2011, at 8:38 PM

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. (Martin Luther King)

-- Posted by amicable on Fri, Jul 29, 2011, at 10:42 PM

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