INDIANAPOLIS– A man who fatally injured two Southern Indiana judges outside an Indianapolis fast food restaurant in 2019 was convicted on Wednesday of seven of eight felonies and one misdemeanor after a three-day trial.
A jury found Brandon Kaiser guilty of aggravated battery, multiple battery-related charges and carrying a handgun without a license. He was acquitted of one count of grievous bodily harm causing moderate bodily harm.
David Margerum, Kaiser’s attorney, told WRTV-TV that Kaiser was arrested after the verdict. He is expected to be sentenced on October 21.
Clark County Circuit Judges Brad Jacobs and Andrew Adams were shot dead in 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 that Bell knocked down Kaiser and his nephew.
Adams accepted a plea deal to plead guilty to assault causing bodily harm in September 2019. Under the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss six additional charges against the judge. He received a 365-day suspended sentence.
The Indiana Commission of Judicial Qualifications has filed disciplinary charges against the three judges involved. Jacobs and Bell were reinstated on the bench in December of that year after serving 30-day suspensions. Adams was ordered to serve a 60-day suspension.
Bell resigned from the bench on July 15 after the Indiana Supreme Court suspended her when a special prosecutor filed felony charges against her related to a domestic dispute.