Indiana judge, two others indicted in shooting

Judge Andrew Adams

Three people, including Clark County Judge Drew Adams, have been charged in connection with a non-fatal shooting in Indianapolis.

Adams and Clark County Judge Brad Jacobs were shot following an altercation with two men in the parking lot of a White Castle on South Street in downtown Indianapolis on May 1. The judges were in town for a judicial conference hosted by the Indiana Supreme Court Office of Court Services.

During a press conference on Friday, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced that two men previously identified as suspects but not immediately charged were indicted this week by a grand jury.

Brandon Kaiser is now charged with multiple counts of battery, carrying a handgun without a license, aggravated battery with a substantial risk of death and aggravated battery resulting in loss or impairment of bodily function. Alfredo Vazquez is charged with multiple counts of battery and one count of disorderly conduct.

Adams was also indicted by a grand jury. He is charged with two Level 6 felony counts of battery with moderate bodily injury, two Class A misdemeanor counts of battery resulting in injury, two Class B misdemeanor counts of battery and a Class B misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. 

Jacobs was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

Police have released only a portion of the surveillance and have said little about what led to the altercation.

Suspension announced

Adams was suspended from the bench with pay on Friday.

According to a news release from the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed a notice of criminal charges and a request for Adams to be suspended with pay immediately upon learning of the indictment.

Soon after, the Indiana Supreme Court issued an order formally suspending Adams with pay. The suspension will continue until further notice.

Temporary judges have been appointed to hear cases in Clark Circuit 1 (Adams' court) and Clark Circuit 2 (Jacobs' court). The appointed judges remain on the bench.

In the judicial commission's request to suspend Adams, the commission asked that the suspension to continue "pending further order of this Court or final determination of any disciplinary proceeding that may hereafter result from the criminal charges."

Disciplinary cases are typically initiated by the receipt of a written, verified complaint, but the judicial commission can initiate proceedings on its own, according to its website. If a complaint is deemed founded, an inquiry begins. If the inquiry indicates that misconduct occurred, the commission can proceed to an investigation, which would remain confidential.

The investigation could lead to a public admonition or public charges. 

If disciplinary charges are filed, the proceedings, which could include either a settlement agreement or a hearing, become public. A hearing can result in sanctions, including a public reprimand, suspension without pay or disbarment.