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Allen County judge replaces Bisard juror for looking at Internet

Monday, November 4, 2013 - 10:07 am

Allen County Judge John Surbeck dismissed a juror Monday in the trial of an Indianapolis police officer after the juror used the Internet outside the courtroom.

An alternate juror was placed as prosecutors and defense attorneys were scheduled to give closing arguments for an officer charged in a fatal crash he allegedly caused while driving drunk.

The jury in David Bisard’s trial is expected to begin deliberating Monday afternoon.

Jurors will consider charges that include reckless homicide and criminal recklessness.

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.

Prosecutors say Bisard was intoxicated.

Surbeck says hotel rooms have been booked for the jury in case deliberations aren’t completed Monday. He told jurors to pack two changes of clothing.

Deputy prosecutor Denise Robinson tells the Indianapolis Star she thinks that’s a signal the deliberations could be prolonged.