June 28, 2019, 4:19 pm CDT
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One of two Indiana judges who was shot and wounded in a White Castle parking lot in Indianapolis has been charged with battery in connection with the May 1 incident.
Judge Andrew Adams of Clark County has been indicted along with two men previously identified as suspects in the altercation, Alfredo Vazquez and Brandon Kaiser, according to a Friday press release and the indictments.
All three men are charged with several counts of misdemeanor and felony battery. Kaiser, who is accused of shooting both judges, is also charged with battery with a deadly weapon and carrying a handgun without a license.
Adams is accused of hitting and wrestling with Vazquez and kicking Kaiser. Vazquez and Kaiser are accused of hitting and kicking the two judges.
Grand jurors declined to charge the second judge, Bradley Jacobs of Clark County.
Adams’ colon was damaged in the shooting, requiring him to wear a colostomy bag, according to Kaiser’s indictment. The shooting fractured Jacobs’ ribs and lacerated his liver, the indictment says.
The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed an immediate request for Adams’ suspension, according to a press release. Indiana court rules require suspension with pay when judges are charged with felonies. Temporary judges have been appointed in Clark County to handle cases.
Police previously said the judges were shot in the early morning hours of May 1 after visiting several Indianapolis bars and restaurants. The judges were in Indianapolis to attend the Spring Judicial College, a three-day educational event sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court. Hundreds of judges from across the state are attending the conference.
Police had previously arrested Vazquez and Kaiser, but prosecutors declined to charge them on May 10 to allow for more investigation.