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Sentencings, Stabbing, Accidents, Crime In 2012
Updated May 5, 2013 1:10 AM
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(BEDFORD) - The Lawrence County Prosecutor's office still has not determined if charges will be filed in the fatal stabbing that happened in the early morning hours of May 18.

While many details haven't been released, it is known two Lawrence County men got into a fight in the parking lot of Rusty's West End, on Bundy Lane, after the business closed.

One of the men, 46-year-old Michael Holt, died instantly from one stab wound to the chest. Police and prosecutors have refused to release details about the fight, including the name of the man who killed Holt.

The investigation is ongoing, and there has been no determination if the death was self-defense or involved criminal activity.

Murder/Suicide

Judith "Jude "Gater shot her husband, Aaron, in February.

No one is sure why Jude shot Aaron with a .45-caliber handgun and then herself in the couple's Springville home.

Police say the couple had a history of domestic violence and Aaron Gater had a criminal history related to those fights.

Woman Sentenced In Murder

Susan May, in February was sentenced to 65-years-in prison for the shooting death of her boyfriend Jason Joy outside a Bedford apartment complex.

May received the maximum sentence by Lawrence Superior Judge Michael Robbins for the 2009 shooting.

A court of appeals upheld her conviction in March. May told authorities she killed Joy because he had abused, raped and threatened to torture her and her children.

Family Protest, Man Reaches Plea Agreement

In May, Brent Knapp was sentenced by Lawrence Superior Court Judge II William Sleva to 16 years for the reckless homicide and criminal recklessness charges in the death of Braden Wilson. Family and friends protested the plea agreement. Wilson's mother Missy Wilson, said it was a travesty of justice.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Knapp shot Wilson in the head on July 19, 2010 in a home on R Street. Wilson's then 6-month pregnant girlfriend also was injured after the bullet passed through Wilson and into her arm.

An autopsy report found the bullet traveled through Wilson's fifth finger on his right hand, which was near his face, then entered his head through his right temple and then exited his left cheek and then entered Raichal Miller's shoulder. The couple was sleeping when Knapp allegedly went into the bedroom and fired the fatal shot.

Besides snorting Adderal, Knapp admitted he drank a fifth of Vodka and had smoked marijuana, before shooting Wilson.

Man Sentenced After Tragic Boating Crash

Winston Wood was sentenced in July to two years in jail, two years on home detention and two years on probation for leaving the scene of a June 2010 Lake Monroe boating accident that left a 51-year-old Susan Collier and her 8-year-old grandson Gage Pruett, both of Bedford, dead.

The Ball State University student also must pay a $1,000 fine and get mental health counseling.

According to a probable cause affidavit, wood was driving his father's ski boat the evening of June 28, 2010 when it collided with a bass boat on the south end of Lake Monroe, between the dam and Fourwinds marina. Rusty and Susan Collier were out fishing with their triplet grandsons. The collision of the two boats killed Susan Collier and Gage Pruett and left Rusty injured. After the accident Wood fled the scene after refusing to help the victims.

A blood test indicated Wood had traces of marijuana in his system, but investigators did not observe any signs of intoxication. He had not consumed alcohol before the crash.
A Department of Natural Resources investigation of the crash did not assign blame to either boat operator.

Months after the crash, Rusty Collier asked state Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, to lead an effort to change Indiana's boating while intoxicated law so that it is in line with the law for driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated, where having traces of drugs in the blood can lead to an operating while intoxicated charge. The legislation became law in February. Under the previous statute, a person suspected of operating a boat under the influence of drugs could not be charged with OWI.


Former School Treasurer Will Spend Time In Prison

In November, former Mitchell Community Schools treasurer Kathy Kirk was sentenced to two years in prison by Lawrence Circuit Court Judge Andrea McCord.

The 57-year-old Mitchell woman admitted to stealing more than $110,000 from the Mitchell schools during two years. The misappropriation of money was discovered in January 2011.

Kirk was arrested in April on charges of forgery, theft and corrupt business influence. The money went to a variety of personal expenses, the paperwork states, from telephone bills and back taxes to a vacuum cleaner and her daughter's college tuition.

Kirk resigned as corporation treasurer effective Feb. 7, 2011.

Man Charged After Fatal Crash

After months of investigation Kyle Hutton, of Bedford is now facing charges after three people were killed after being thrown from the vehicle he was driving. He was arrested in December on three counts of death while operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .15 or greater.

Hutton is accused of causing the fatal accident on Bailey Scales Road July 28th that killed 33-year-old Dasan Spires, Spires' fiance, 38-year-old Laura Duncan and Kyle's wife 30-year-old Morgan Hutton.

Police say Hutton was traveling south on Bailey Scales Road and hit a utility pole on the east side of the road causing the vehicle to flip. Hutton, nor the other three were wearing seat belts.



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