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Jury being selected in Richard Grundy retrial

Federal drug case moved to Evansville
Posted at 10:38 AM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 22:31:39-04

EVANSVILLE—Alleged drug kingpin Richard Grundy is back in federal court, just three weeks after his first trial on drug-trafficking charges ended in a mistrial in Indianapolis.

This time, the trial has been moved nearly 180-miles to a federal courtroom in Evansville. A court spokesperson says jury selection is expected to last one or two days and the trial could go into early-September.

Grundy and four co-defendants first went on trial July 8. But just two days later, a mistrial was declared over a violation of a court order involving personal juror information.

Grundy allegedly headed a drug operation selling cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and heroin that was imported from out-of-state and sold in Indiana. He and more than 20 other people were indicted and arrested in 2017 on federal drug charges. Most of the others have since pleaded guilty. Grundy is charged with: Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Distribution of Methamphetamine, and Conspiracy to Launder Money.

On trial with Grundy are: Undrae Moseby, Derek Atwater, James Beasley and Ezell Neville.

Four years ago, Grundy faced multiple charges in another case heard in Marion County Criminal Court. The charges included four counts of Conspiracy to Commit Murder. But nine of those charges were eventually thrown out and Grundy pleaded guilty to one count of Dealing in Marijuana. For that, he was sentenced to probation.