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.
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.