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Marion County billed for Bisard trial

Allen County charges $25,500 for jail, jury expenses


– Marion County got a bill for more than $25,500 from Allen County this week for the cost of the high-profile and lengthy trial of a former Indianapolis police officer accused in a fatal drunken driving case.

The reckless homicide trial for David Bisard, 39, was moved from Indianapolis to Allen County after extensive pretrial publicity.

In 2010, Bisard was arrested after his police car plowed into two motorcycles stopped at a traffic light, killing one and injuring two others. He was on duty as an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police K-9 officer at the time of the crash.

Bisard was charged with nine felonies, including reckless homicide, operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and criminal recklessness.

While Bisard was out on bond for the 2010 case, he was arrested in April after he crashed a friend’s truck into a guardrail.

A blood test showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 percent. The state’s legal limit to drive is 0.08 percent.

Jury selection in Allen County began Oct. 14. The jury convicted Bisard on Nov. 5 of all the charges against him, and Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck sentenced him in late November to a total of 16 years in prison but ordered three years suspended and to be served on probation.

The $25,588.13 bill includes $451 in prison medical expenses, $136 for the court reporter and $85 for the bailiff.

But the biggest cost was the $18,592.58 to handle the jurors, including their mileage, meals and other expenses for the 17 days the trial lasted.