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Trial set for suspects in shooting of two judges

Alfredo Vazquez and Brandon Kaiser appear in court
Posted at 4:09 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 16:09:40-04

INDIANAPOLIS—An August trial date has been set for the two suspects in the May shooting of two Clark County judges in the parking lot of a downtown Indianapolis White Castle.

Alfredo Vazquez and Brandon Kaiser appeared for a short initial hearing in Marion County Criminal Court Two, Tuesday.

An August 2nd pre-trial hearing was scheduled for the pair and trial was set for August 12th, but could very well be delayed.

Kaiser faces 12 Battery charges, one count of Carrying a Handgun Without a License and one count of Disorderly Conduct. Vazquez is facing six Battery counts and one charge of Disorderly Conduct.

Clark Circuit Court Judges Brad Jacobs and Andrew Adams were shot and wounded in the early-morning hours of May 1 in the parking lot of a White Castle restaurant on South Street, near Lucas Oil Stadium. The judges were in town for a judicial conference and police say they 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 which was closed, so they went to a nearby White Castle where Adams and Jacobs were shot after an altercation with the two suspects identified as Vazquez and Kaiser.

Last week, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced charges against Vazquez and Kaiser along with Judge Adams.

Adams faces six Battery charges and one count of Disorderly Conduct. He has not been in court yet.

Brad Jacobs, the other judge who was with Adams, was not charged.

An Indiana Supreme Court spokesperson says the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications, which investigates allegations of judicial misconduct, has taken steps to suspend Judge Adams with pay following his indictment.