Murder suspect's attorney asks for Bisard records
Emily Longnecker/Eyewitness News
Indianapolis - The attorney for a man accused of killing four people in 2008 is now asking for all police records involving Officer David Bisard, who faces reckless homicide charges in connection with a deadly August 6 crash.
Bisard was one of the first responders to the 2008 murder scene on Hovey Street where two women and their two children were killed. The attorney for Ronald Davis, the main suspect in the case is trying to cast doubt on the case.
Attorney Ray Casanova wants information on any accidents involving Bisard while on duty, copies of any mental health examinations and copies of complaints or disciplinary action against him.
Like many in Indianapolis, Lesley Yarrell has watched the events surrounding the Officer David Bisard case unfold from the day of the August 6 crash involving the K-9 officer to the aftermath and fallout surrounding the investigation.
But Yarrell never realized that his world was about to collide with the Bisard case in this way. Yarrell's daughter Andrea and her 5- month-old daughter were gunned down in a home on Hovey Street in January 2008. Another woman, 24-year-old Gina Hunt and her 23-month-old son, were also murdered. All four were shot to death as the women cowered behind a bed with their children.
Yarrell has now learned that Bisard was one of two responding officers first on the scene that night. "I just found out all of this today which is shocking to me," he said. "I've been waiting for justice for almost three years."
Yarrell knows what it's like to violently lose someone you love and then have to wait wait for some kind of closure.
"My granddaughter was only five months old. You know to do some stuff like that, it's got to be some kind of sickness," Yarrell said.
Davis, accused of pulling the trigger, goes on trial for the murders in October and could be put to death.
"He needs to get what's coming to him," Yarrell said.
But now the call from Davis' defense team could change the case. Davis' legal team says the recent crash involving Bisard, and subsequent tests showing he had a point 1.9 blood alcohol content that day, raises questions about how Bisard handled the Hovey Street case.
"That's something we have a right to investigate and it plays on again the quality of the investigation and the quality of evidence the state has against our client," Casanova said. "That is a consideration of anyone who's had Officer Bisard involved in their case."
Already known about Bisard's record is his medal of valor awarded in April for shooting and killing a suspected robber armed with an assault rifle. Bisard's actions brought to an end a six hour manhunt where schools were on lockdown and roads were closed.
For Lesley Yarrell, all he really knows is the pain of losing a daughter and grandchild, regardless if one of the officers who first got to the crime scene that night is now himself on the other side of the law.
"That's a hard pill to swallow. I can't believe this has happened," Yarrell said.
No FOP vote Thursday
The Fraternal Order of Police will not vote Thursday night on helping Officer Bisard as Eyewitness News reported at noon. The vote was about providing money for Bisard's legal expenses.
The FOP is set to discuss the officers demoted as a result of the investigation.
Also Thursday, the city's public safety director, Frank Straub, responded to calls for his resignation in connection with the way the crash investigation was handled by issuing this statement:
"Director Straub is committed to making the Department of Public Safety and the IMPD the best in the nation, and will continue leading the Department toward that goal."