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New trial date set for suspects in shooting of two judges

August trial date canceled
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Posted at 3:55 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 15:55:21-04

INDIANAPOLIS—The two suspects in the shooting of two Southern Indiana judges in downtown Indianapolis earlier this year will not go on trial later this month.

An August 12 trial for Alfredo Vazquez and Brandon Kaiser has been canceled, following hearings late this week in Marion County Criminal Court. The new date is September 23, but that could also be delayed.

Clark County judges Andrew Adams and Brad Jacobs were shot in the early-morning hours of May 1, outside the White Castle on South Street, near Lucas Oil Stadium. The two were in town for a judicial conference. Both survived.

Kaiser, who is 41, faces 12 Battery charges, plus one count each of Disorderly Conduct and Carrying a Handgun Without a License.

The 23-year-old Vazquez faces six counts of Battery and one count of Disorderly Conduct.

Judge Adams is also charged in the case, with an August 12 pre-trial court date scheduled. He is charged with Battery and Disorderly Conduct.

A Marion County grand jury determined what charges would be filed. The same grand jury chose not to indict Jacobs in connection with the shooting and fight.

Police say the two judges had visited several downtown restaurants and bars in the hours leading up to the shooting.

Around 3 a.m., police say the group tried to enter a bar, but it was closed so they went to a nearby White Castle where Adams and Jacobs were shot in the parking lot after an altercation with the suspects.

For now, Judge Adams is suspended with pay while Judge Jacobs has returned to the bench in Clark County.