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March 24, 2014

Wakarusa fifth graders participate in mock trial during field trip to courthouse, jail

Fifth graders participate in mock trial during field trip to courthouse, jail

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Mock witnesses were called to the stand — each sworn in by bailiff, classmate Logan Mast — who delivered testimony either in support or dispute of Colin’s case. Those witnesses included Target employee Amanda Foster, store customer Rebekah Wenger, and Colin’s friend Nathan Rulli.

After each side had presented closing arguments, the case was handed to the jury, which rapidly voted unanimously in support of Colin’s story. Members of the jury included Mariah Slabaugh, Derek Hochstedler, Kael Hooley, Abrianna Bontrager, Zuzu Gaut, Deshawn Lenoir, Ryan Blosser, Reese Barhydt, Cam Iwema, Alaina Anthony, Drew Bailey, Sydney King, Jacquelynn Miller, Sophie Odiorne, and Cole Reser.

While at the Elkhart County Jail, students viewed an orientation video on what inmates can expect during the duration of their sentence, and the strict guidelines and rules they must abide by. They also viewed equipment and several methods used to subdue prisoners who become physically violent or confrontational.

The appearance of Nitro, one of the facility’s canine officers, was a highlight. Nitro is trained to detect the presence of concealed drugs and contraband tobacco products. Nitro appeared equally excited to see the crowd, often jumping and frolicking at the front of the room, eliciting laughs from students and parents alike.

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