Man convicted of shooting 2 Indiana judges in street clash

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INDIANAPOLIS (TBEN) — A man who shot and injured two judges in southern Indiana outside a fast-food restaurant in Indianapolis in 2019 was convicted Wednesday of a three-day trial of seven of the eight felonies and one misdemeanor.

A jury convicted Brandon Kaiser of aggravated battery, multiple battery-related charges and carrying an unlicensed gun. He was acquitted on one count of battery resulting in moderate bodily harm.

David Margerum, Kaiser’s attorney, told WRTV-TV that Kaiser was taken into custody following the verdict. He will be sentenced on October 21.

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Clark County Circuit judges Brad Jacobs and Andrew Adams were gunned down during the early morning hours of May 1, 2019 in the parking lot of a restaurant in downtown White Castle. Another judge, Sabrina Bell of Crawford County, was with Jacobs and Adams at the time.

Kaiser claimed he was acting in self-defense against the group of judges, who were in town for a conference, and court documents claimed Bell had turned over Kaiser and his cousin.

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Adams accepted a plea deal in September 2019 to plead guilty to bodily harm resulting in bodily harm. Under the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to dismiss six additional charges against the judge. He was given a 365-day suspended sentence.

The Indiana Commission of Judicial Qualifications has filed disciplinary charges against the three judges involved. Jacobs and Bell were back on the bench in December of that year after a 30-day suspension. Adams was sentenced to a 60-day suspension.

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Bell resigned from the bench on July 15 after the Indiana Supreme Court suspended her after a special counsel charged her in a domestic dispute.

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