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Trial for former BCPD Chief rescheduled

Monday, February 20, 2012

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Terry Harrison
The trial date for a former Brazil City Police Chief has been moved.

According to court documents, the jury trial for former BCPD Chief Terry Harrison, has been rescheduled for March 8, at 1:30 p.m., in Vigo County Superior Court Division 6.

The jury trial was scheduled for 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, but documents showed the court, on its own motion, found the court's criminal jury trial calendar was "congested, necessitating a continuance of the trial in this cause."

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.

Harrison's public counsel is Geoffrey Creason. Putnam County Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter was appointed special prosecutor for the State of Indiana.

A pre-trial conference took place Jan. 19, and, according to court documents, both parties appeared before Vigo County Superior Court Judge Michael Lewis. An initial jury trial was scheduled for July 2011, but a motion to continue was filed by defense counsel and a similar motion was also filed by the state due to calendar congestion.

Due to a conflict of interest with Harrison's previous career in law enforcement and his potential 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.



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