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Backup date set for trial

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

According to officials with the Putnam County Prosecutor's Office, while the trial date for a former Brazil Police Chief is still scheduled for Aug. 6, a backup date has been set as well.

On Monday, Putnam County Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter told The Brazil Times the trial is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 6, at Vigo County Superior Court VI.

The jury trial for former BPD Chief Terry Harrison was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21, but documents showed the court, on its own motion, found the court's criminal jury trial calendar congested.

Bookwalter said the trial is slated as the ninth for that specific day.

"There are eight cases ahead of this case for that particular day," Bookwalter said. "I was told we are still on, but a backup date has been scheduled (in September)."

Bookwalter added the new date is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 13, at 1 p.m.

"I think in terms of their docket over there, they have a lot of serious cases," Bookwalter said. "They take the cases where people are in jail first."

Bookwalter said Harrison is not currently in jail.

Bookwalter also said plea negotiations have been discussed.

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.

However, the charges allege Harrison never deposited the funds into the official government accounts for the City of Brazil.

An initial jury trial was scheduled for July 2011, but a motion to continue was filed by defense counsel and a similar motion was 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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this is a crime against children.money was to go purchase safty seats for CHILDREN.yet he decided to deprive children safety seats and put the money in his pocket.a clear case of an offense against children and should be punished by sentencing him to regester as an offender against children.but,as we all know,a law enforcement official who ran afoul of the law will receive NOTHING but a slap on the wrist and you can bet we wont hear anything else ever again as the legal system codles to its own,stroke its own nut @$%^ if you will.what ever became of the deputy sheriff who had a shoot out with clay county law enforcement?never heard another thing about that did we?had it been you or me mr john q public it had been drug through the media and sent to hell for ten years.i know,i speak from experience.i dont blame sgt archer for not wanting chief of police of brazil again.no equal justice at all.

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 12:17 AM

Clearly, Harrison will never receive the legal sentence he deserves for ALL of his wrongdoings. He benefits from drawing this whole thing out while it continues to cost tax payors money. Why does he have a public defender when he has a job(s) and lives in a huge house with a bunch of land? Another sign of mismanaged money or just continued manipulation of "the system?"

-- Posted by lifetimeresident on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 10:11 PM

People - all the money was recovered and he never used it for personal gain. The charge is not depositing it into the right account.

-- Posted by Bzlobserver on Fri, Aug 3, 2012, at 9:28 AM

The money was never deposited in any account. The check was cashed and went into his pocket. He admitted that in Channel 10 news during an interview.

-- Posted by commanche1 on Fri, Aug 3, 2012, at 7:58 PM

Hey...commanche1...I went back and reviewed the clip you mentioned. He only said he "mishandled" it - not pocketed it. Let's not read too much into it. That's what the court's are for. Remember - innocent until PROVEN guilty. BTW - since the money was returned, who got it and what ever happened to it? Hmmmmmm.

-- Posted by Bzlobserver on Tue, Aug 7, 2012, at 3:05 PM

Harrison, was not the only one who cash checks that did not belong to them. What about Ann Bradshaw, Karen McQueen oh my its okay to cash them and then say you did not know. I belive they need to be on trial like Terry also. Oh well what goes around comes around.Hope I'm still around to see it.

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Wed, Aug 8, 2012, at 7:26 PM

same stuff different day!

first of all; what everyone needs to look at is, the individuals that initiated this bs. when the truth comes out; the individuals involved and behind the scenes in this matter definity have some character issues. and one of these criminals has already fled the scene. yeh, you know i'm talking about you don't you!

second; let's look at the prosecution. if the prosecution's case was so good; the trial would have been done and over with. honest prosecution of a ALLEGED "bad cop" would be the most note worthy thing a prosecutor, could base his re-election campaign on. "hey look what i did"! not in this case. also look at the prosecutions prior involvement in the Bradley Karn death in police custody.

third: let's look at a similar case in 1997. police swore out probable cause; went in a man's home under a threatened use of force and by means of deception; WITH NO WARRANT! falsely charged him with a crime over an ADMINISTRATIVE matter, not a criminal matter. maliciously prosecuted him for four years. he stood his ground; till they finally dismissed the charge. all because he caught certian judicial officers in this community; with their hands in the "cookie jar". clear act of criminal retalliation by corrupt individuals and cops. anyone wants to call me on this, BRING IT ON. the evidence can be produced.

last: stand your ground terry don't back down. don't plead guilty to spitting on the sidewalk. the truth will come out. there are too many people in this community that know the real truth. you are always in our thoughts and prayers. and I GOT YOUR BACK!

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Sat, Aug 11, 2012, at 8:00 PM

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