[The Brazil Times nameplate] Fair ~ 50°F  
High: 67°F ~ Low: 50°F
Friday, Apr. 29, 2016

Trial for former police chief set

Friday, February 17, 2012

Terry Harrison
TERRE HAUTE -- While plea negotiations have been ongoing, the trial date for a former Brazil City Police Chief has not changed.

A jury trial for former BCPD Chief Terry Harrison is still scheduled for 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Vigo County Superior Court Division 6.

Harrison faces allegations of a class B felony charge of Failure To Deposit Public Funds and a class D felony charge of Official Misconduct.

Stemming from 2008, the charges allege Harrison received and cashed a $2,000 grant check for funds intended to purchase car safety seats for children from the Indiana University Automotive Safety Program, but never deposited the funds into the official government accounts for the City of Brazil.

Geoffrey Creason is Harrison's public defense, while Putnam County Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter has been appointed special prosecutor for the State of Indiana.

A pre-trial conference took place Jan. 19.

According to court documents, during the conference, both parties appeared before Vigo County Superior Court Judge Michael Lewis.

An initial jury trial was scheduled for July 2011. However, a motion to continue was filed by Harrison's defense counsel and a similar motion was also filed by the State of Indiana due to court calendar congestion.

Due to a conflict of interest with 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 Court judges in Clay County, are unable to participate in the case.

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on thebraziltimes.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

Total self-destruction, public and private life.

-- Posted by lifetimeresident on Sat, Feb 18, 2012, at 10:31 PM

not his doing

-- Posted by dick tracy on Mon, Feb 20, 2012, at 10:45 PM

Facts do not lie. When EVERYTHING in one's life goes south, it is time to start looking in the mirror. Unfortunately,that requires one to accept responsibility.

-- Posted by lifetimeresident on Tue, Feb 21, 2012, at 8:30 PM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: