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Harrison trial delayed

Monday, August 6, 2012

TERRE HAUTE -- The trial date for a former Brazil Police Department Chief has been rescheduled.

According to court documents, the jury trial for former Brazil Police Chief Terry Harrison, originally scheduled for Monday, has been rescheduled for 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13.

Court documents show that on Aug. 2, the State filed a motion for a continuance due to a congested court calendar.

The continuance was granted Aug. 3, due to a jury trial in another cause.

Putnam County Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter, who is representing the State of Indiana in the case, recently told The Brazil Times there were eight cases slated ahead of this case on the Aug. 6, 2012, date.

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 -- while serving as Brazil Police Department Chief -- 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 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.

Harrison remains out of jail on bond.

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Since the State filed for the motion of continuance, let's hope that it is so Bookwalter can prosecute Harrison to the full extent of the law. Meanwhile, Harrison continues with a pauper's defense? Anyone checking into that?

-- Posted by lifetimeresident on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 9:26 PM

Terry did the same thing that Ann Bradshaw and Karen McQueen did but they acted like they did not know and turned thier money back in. Terry did turn the money back also so why is he the only one on trial?

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Tue, Aug 7, 2012, at 9:19 PM


why ain't others in trouble? criminals won't prosecute criminals. but, they will maliciously prosecute an honest person who stands up against them. i have evidence of that.

love you all!

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Sun, Aug 12, 2012, at 5:52 PM

Why is this still "news" and why hasn't the former mayor been in the news over her "I didn't know it wasn't my money" scam. We've seen more about this than we have the largest sexploitation in American history guy. Come on...

-- Posted by myownlittleworld1 on Sun, Aug 12, 2012, at 11:35 PM

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