FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WISH) - The jury listening to the state's case against suspended IMPD Officer David Bisard heard accounts of the deadly crash at the center of the case from people who witnessed the impact on Wednesday. On Thursday, the panel of six men and six women heard about Aug. 6, 2010 from those who felt it and survived.
Eric Wells, 30, was killed when Bisard's squad car crashed into a group of motorcycles at the intersection of East 56th Street and Brendon Way South Drive.
Prosecuting attorney Denise Robinson called Mary Mills and Kurt Weekly to the stand on Thursday. Those two were both seriously hurt. They were riding with George Burt. He was not injured. Responding medics were also on the list of those testifying Thursday.
"We will get into math and we will get into toxicology. We will get into chemistry which is certainly not emotional and very logical but right now the jury needs to know that people's lives were affected," Robinson said before court on Thursday.
Weekly and Mills both said they don't remember details from the Aug. 6 crash. The defense did not question either of them.
Weekly was called up to the stand first.
"My memory is not good but people have told me that I worked at DFAS."
He described Eric Wells as a smart and wonderful guy:
"He was a smart guy and he was a friend of mine and it is amazing that he has been gone since it happened."
Wells' parents were noticeably upset in the courtroom and cried when Weekly explained his life since the crash. Aaron Wells, Eric's father, told 24-Hour News 8 that it's difficult for him to hear how the lives of the victim's were still affected.
While on the stand, Mills spoke about Weekly before and after his physical and mental differences. She said he is a well-educated man, with a master's degree and was the person who represented the office. She said he is back working at DFAS but his role is drastically different. He now delegates people to fix problems instead of being the one to fix.
Mills talked about her physical condition after the crash. She said she has a plate in her neck, hurts all the time, has rods in her hips and says "sitting here is killing me. I'm in a lot of pain. Sitting, standing, laying down - it doesn't matter - I'm always in pain."
Mentally, Mills says she is not as nice of a person as she used to be.
"The anger is there because I can't bend down to put socks on; it's as simple as that," she said.
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Lead defense Attorney John Kautzman spoke publicly for the first time since proceedings began after court closed on Wednesday. His statement focused on feelings involved in the case.
"At the end of this trial, there will be no winners regardless what the outcome is and I think that needs to be in the forefront of everybody's mind," Kautzman said. "This trial is merely about whether or not a crime was committed, about nothing else and that's never going to change."
Families of Wells and Bisard were seated at the front of the courtroom gallery throughout the trial.
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