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Allen owed $25,588 in Bisard case expenses

Marion County owes Allen County more than $25,000 for expenses in the David Bisard trial held in Fort Wayne last fall, according to court paperwork dated today.

Bisard, a former Indianapolis police officer, was sentenced in Allen Superior Court in November to 13 years in prison after being convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and two counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing bodily injury.

The jury ruled Bisard was drunk when he drove his squad car into the back of a pair of motorcycles stopped at a traffic light in 2010. The case was moved from Indianapolis because of pretrial publicity there.

Most of the expenses are related to jurors or for overtime hours for the Allen County sheriff's department, according to the paperwork, called a Change of Venue Record and Claim.

The paperwork said Allen County spent $25,588.13 on the trial in these areas:

  • Expense of keeping prisoner, $1,750;
  • Expense of transporting prisoner, $142.38;
  • Medical expenses of prisoner, $451.37;
  • Expenses paid for or to jurors, $18,592,56;
  • To court bailiff, $85.00;
  • Official shorthand reporter, $136.00;
  • Facilities and utilities, $170.00; and
  • Overtime hours for sheriff, $4,260.80.

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