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Jury To Determine Fate Of Duggar Man Facing Battery, Drug And Gun Charges

Last updated on Thursday, October 24, 2013

(BLOOMFIELD) - The trial of Kenneth E. Murphy of Dugger began early Tuesday in Greene Superior Court with the selection of a 12-member jury and two alternate jurors and the jury could hear closing arguments today.

Judge Dena Martin is on the bench.

Anna Rochelle, of the Greene County Daily World reports, Murphy, who was 52 at the time of his arrest in March of 2012, was charged with multiple felonies involving battery, drugs and guns after police were called to the scene of a domestic dispute in an alley behind a convenience store in Linton.

When officers from the Linton Police Department arrived, they found Murphy and a female behind the store and reported Murphy was non-compliant with instructions from the officers. He had to be physically restrained by three officers in order to get the handcuffs on.

Police said that during a pat-down search of Murphy, they discovered three separate plastic bags that contained more than 10.5 grams of meth.

They also found in Murphy's car an assault rifle (7.62 x 39) with one round in the chamber and one round in the magazine; a .380-caliber pistol that had a shell casing lodged in it; a box of .380-caliber ammunition; a set of digital scales; a shaving bag that contained numerous syringes and spoons containing drug residue; a smoking pipe; numerous plastic baggies that contained meth; and a checkbook belonging to Murphy.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Murphy was convicted March 1,1988 in Greene Circuit Court for dealing a Schedule I controlled substance, a class B felony. The offense is listed under Indiana statute as a serious violent felony.

Also, on Aug. 5, 2003 Murphy was convicted for being a serious violent felon in possession of a firearm.

Murphy, being represented by Defense Attorney Joseph Lozano of Shapiro & Lozano of Bloomington, is facing charges of resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor; possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony; possession of methamphetamine (defendant possessed a firearm), a class C felony; and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a class B felony.

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