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Allen County jury begins deliberating in Indy officer's trial

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Monday, November 4, 2013 - 5:42 pm

The jury began deliberations at around 3 p.m. Monday in the reckless homicide and drunken driving trial of an Indianapolis police officer charged in a fatal crash. About two hours later they told the court they didn't expect to reach a verdict by evening. They were expected to deliberate until 6:30 p.m. and to resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The Fort Wayne jury got the David Bisard case Monday afternoon after prosecutors and defense attorneys finished closing arguments.

Earlier Monday, Allen County Judge John Surbeck dismissed one juror for looking up information about blood-alcohol tests on the Internet in violation of Surbeck's instructions.

The Indianapolis Star reported two other jurors had previously been excused, leaving no alternate jurors remaining. If an additional juror were dismissed, the case would end in a mistrial.

Bisard's patrol car crashed into two motorcycles stopped at an Indianapolis traffic light in August 2010, killing a 30-year-old man and seriously injuring two other people.