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Officer accused in deadly crash misses hearing

EDGEWOOD, Ind. (WISH) – A suspended Edgewood police officer accused of a causing a deadly crash in April did not show up for a hearing on Monday.

A Madison County judge told James D. Foutch’s public defender that he needs to attend all future hearings or a warrant will be issued. Monday’s hearing was about the use of evidence and expert witnesses in the case.

Foutch is accused of crashing his vehicle into a car driven by Rebecca Sperry on Indiana 32 between Anderson and Lapel. The crash killed 23-year-old Jesse Sperry, who was a passenger in the vehicle. Rebecca, who was 9 months pregnant, was seriously hurt.

The couple’s daughter was born by emergency C-section following the crash.

Foutch remains on administrative leave without pay, 24-Hour News 8’s news partners at The Herald Bulletin report. A court date has been set for September.

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