INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Fraternal Order of Police in Indianapolis spent $250,000 defending suspended Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer David Bisard, it was revealed in court Monday.
When Bisard was arrested a second time, the FOP voted to stop supporting Bisard's attorney fees.
Bisard had another pretrial hearing on Monday. Although normally silent, Bisard spoke on his way into court.
"I acted like a child the last three years instead of letting it go and did what I had to do," Bisard said to the officer escorting him into court.
Bisard is accused of driving drunk in August 2010 , crashing his patrol car into a group of motorcyclists and killing Eric Wells. Wells's parents and widow sat in the front row at court on Monday.
"I'm a little disappointed but that's the system in motion I guess. You just go with the flow and keep on going," said Aaron Wells, father of Eric.
- FULL COVERAGE | David Bisard case
The hearing was expected to last two days but ended in less than a day. Attorneys on both sides hashed it out over the blood draw. At issue: Bisard's attorney said he received last-minute evidence on Friday afternoon — nine interviews from prosecutors from an internal investigation at IMPD.
Bisard's attorney, John Kautzman, wanted to close this week's hearings to the public and media but the judge denied it. Both the chain of custody and whether to admit the blood vial evidence will now be heard next month.
"Obviously we were prepared to go forward with all of the hearings on all of the motions but as I discussed with them we want to try this case once and try it correctly," Deputy Marion County prosecutor Denise Robinson said.
Prosecutors spent a lot of time Monday on whether Bisard got preferential treatment as an officer. One of the details discussed was that on the way to the blood draw he was allowed to stop at a Speedway gas station and bought chewing tobacco. The FOP attorney was also called to the scene.
"More problematic than that, as we indicated in the hearing, it started with a response of the police officers. The one, Sgt. Peterson said, 'it could have been me' and that mind set carried through," Robinson said.
Prosecutors also worked to get his second arrest for drunk driving admitted into evidence in the 2010 case.
The Wells family, who travels from Florida for every hearing, said they are exhausted after nearly three years of hearings and developments in the case.
"I don't know if either one of us could be any more wore down than we are. I'm not sure what that would take at this point," Aaron Wells said.
The next hearing is Aug. 28 for chain of custody and whether the blood should be admitted.
Avon Police Department and Avon Community School Corp. are investigating photos sent from female students to male students, police officials said.
Indiana State Police officials are investigating 90 cases of scrap metal thefts.
The holiday season is a time known for bringing families together. And this weekend, nearly 2,000 of them with a special bond will meet for a fun filled vacation in Dallas, all while remembering a loved one who unfortunately can't join …