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November 12, 2012

Prosecutor requests special prosecutor from Allen County to handle potential charges against Elkhart County official

The Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney has filed a request for a special prosecutor in the Elkhart Circuit Court regarding an Elkhart Police Department investigation into an incident alleged to have occurred on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in the city of Elkhart. 

The allegations identify an individual affiliated with Elkhart County government although the allegations do not apparently involve the individual’s Elkhart County government affiliation.

The Elkhart Police Department turned over its investigation to the Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, and a decision was made immediately to seek a special prosecutor to review the investigation and determine what charges, if any should be filed, and all other further action as the special prosecutor would determine. 

Judge Terry C. Shewmaker of the Elkhart Circuit Court has granted the request for a special prosecutor and has issued an order Monday appointing the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Karen E. Richards as special prosecutor in this case subject to Richard’s formal acceptance of the appointment.

In the event that the Allen County Prosecuting attorney accepts appointment as special prosecutor in this matter, all prosecutorial decisions and information will be handled exclusively through her office.

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