Two of the four Wabash Valley Correctional Facility officers arrested in connection with the incident that preceded the heart attack death of correctional officer Timothy Betts' last year will be back in court next month.
Thomas G. Kaiser, 27, of Lyons, Bradley E. Keller, 30, from Sullivan County, Marty P. Getchell, 47, from Sullivan County, and Derek J. Werden, 32, of Daviess County, each face class C felony charges of battery resulting in serious bodily injury charges for allegedly assaulting two prison offenders on Aug. 26, 2012.
The incidents took place just minutes after a fight broke out in a WVCF housing unit.
Segregation officers Keller, Getchell and Kaiser are accused of assaulting offender Anthony Spearman, while escorting him to the housing unit.
An investigation by WVCF officials and the Indiana State Police allege that Housing Unit Officer Werde instigated the fight and used unnecessary force on offender Jamour Maxieson. Once the situation was under control, Maxieson and offender Anthony Spearman were restrained and escorted to separate segregation units, according to Rick Larsen, WVCF Public Information Officer.
Officer Betts, of Jasonville, collapsed while assisting in the escort of Maxieson.
Betts, 51, passed away soon after arrival at Sullivan County Community Hospital of a heart attack.
Keller and Getchell are scheduled for plea hearings in Sullivan Circuit Court next month.
Gethell's hearing is on tap for 9 a.m. on June 7 while Keller will be in court for his negotiated plea agreement at 9 a.m. on June 11.
Kaiser and Werden still have jury trials slated in Sullivan Superior Court.
Kaiser has a pre-trial hearing set for 10 a.m. on May 20, while Werden's pre-trial is scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 12.
Spearman is serving a six-year sentence on a Marion County robbery conviction. Maxieson is serving a 12-year term on Marion County convictions for carjacking, robbery and handgun possession without a license.