INDIANAPOLIS, IN — An accused cop killer will no longer face the threat of the death penalty if he is convicted because of a deal the suspect and his defense team made with current Marion County prosecutors.
Despite former Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry vowing to seek the death penalty against alleged shooter Jason Dane Brown, the case has been lingering since 2017, and now the death penalty is no longer an option.
This POS needs to wake up every morning in prison knowing it will get no better for him. Had he been sentenced to death it would have cost us far more than keeping him in prison until his miserable useless life comes to an end
— Americans are so damn stupid (@BarryGrove9) December 7, 2021
Curry resigned in 2019 for health reasons and passed away earlier this year, according to a report by WIBC.
Now, after 4 ½ years, the attorneys for both sides want the murder case resolved quickly all of a sudden.
Never forgotten Lt. Aaron Allan.
— Matt Overton (@MattOverton_LS) July 27, 2018
For example, Mears posted an editorial that he wrote on how the criminalization of marijuana increases racial disparities. He suggests that marijuana should be decriminalized and hopes that the Indiana General Assembly will work to legalize it in 2022:
“I believe that Hoosiers across the state deserve a more fair criminal justice system, and the legalization of marijuana will create significant progress in that regard.”
Mears’ biography on the Indiana government’s website states:
“As Chief Trial Deputy in the Prosecutor’s Office, Ryan has championed reform and set new expectations for the criminal justice system in Marion County.
“He coordinated the July 2019 Second Chance Workshop, bringing together Prosecutor’s Office staff, nonprofit organizations, and pro bono attorneys to serve individuals interested in expungement and reinstated suspended driver’s licenses.
“Ryan has also drawn together agency support for community programs such as Laundry & More on the city’s far eastside.”
Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears issued the following statement this morning regarding marijuana legalization bills to be considered by the Indiana General Assembly: pic.twitter.com/kjbsH9aTMN
— Marion County Prosecutor’s Office (@MCProsecutors) November 15, 2021
According to a report by WTHR, Brown, a tattoo artist, successfully asked for and was granted a waiver of a jury trial. The waiver means a judge will decide Brown’s fate in the murder case instead of a jury.
The Marion County prosecutor will *not* seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing Southport police Lt. Aaron Allan in 2017.
In exchange the case will be a bench trial with no jury.
The previous prosecutor had sought the death penalty.https://t.co/n7MF907IVR
— Jesse Wells (@JesseWellsNews) December 6, 2021
“In exchange, Brown won’t demand a jury — Marion Superior Judge Mark Stoner will hear the case in February.”
Defense attorney Denise Turner told WIBC that skipping a jury trial would have two main benefits: it would speed up the process by three or four weeks and could eliminate the possibility of a mistrial.
If convicted, Brown faces 45 years to life in prison.
How does Lt. Allan’s family feel about this back room deal?
— Ivan Drake (@IvanDrake15) December 6, 2021
WIBC reached out to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, but it declined to make a comment.
Guy Relford told the Hammer and Nigel Show he had mixed feelings about Prosecutor Mears’ decision:
“If this was the decision of the family, I understand that – especially if they’re trying to avoid going through the trauma of a trial.
“For me personally, why even have a death penalty in the state of Indiana if we’re not going to use it against this guy?”
For background, here is what happened.
Southport Police Lieutenant Aaron William Allan, 38, was fatally shot when he responded to a motor vehicle accident on the afternoon of July 27, 2017, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
— Southport Police (@SouthportPD) November 28, 2020
Witnesses said the vehicle was travelling at “a high rate of speed, went airborne, then upside down and landed in the yard,” WTHR reported.
Lt. Allan and a Homecroft police officer were the first to arrive on the scene and rushed to help the vehicle’s occupants.
The alleged driver of the overturned car was Brown. He and a passenger were inside the wrecked vehicle. According to police, Brown was “hung up in the seat belt and was kind of wedged in,” WTHR reported.
Brown was reportedly panicking, so Lt. Allan told him to calm down. The officer then crawled into the vehicle to assist the passenger.
Police said at that point, Brown pulled out a gun and starting shooting Lt. Allan at close range, WRTV reported.
Witnesses said Brown continued firing even as the wounded lieutenant tried to crawl away to safety, WTHR reported.
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Lt. Allan was shot at least 11 times with a gun that contained a magazine that could hold 20 rounds, according to a report by WTHR.
The Homecroft officer and an off-duty reserve deputy from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office returned fire and shot Brown.
The wounded lieutenant was transported to Eskenazi Hospital where he succumbed to his multiple injuries, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Today, we honor a man taken too soon. Thank you Lt. Aaron Allan for your service and for protecting us all. This morning, a memorial in his honor will be unveiled at the @SouthportPD pic.twitter.com/HBqlYG5FMu
— Alexa Green (@AlexaGreenMedia) July 27, 2018
Brown was transported to the hospital, treated for his gunshot wounds and survived, WTHR reported. He was later charged with murder.
Police officers lined the neighborhood streets to send off @SouthportPD Lt. Aaron Allan’s son, little Aaron, for his first day of first grade. His dad was killed just hours after walking him to the bus stop on his first day of school last year. @WTHRcom pic.twitter.com/4OUFwhY2ZY
— Anna Carrera (@AnnaCarrera317) August 8, 2018
Lt. Allan was a six-year veteran of the Southport Police Department and a 20-year veteran of law enforcement. He was also a U.S. Air Force veteran. He is survived by his wife and two sons, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
It was a very special back to school for a whole community
Last July, Southport, Indiana police lt. Aaron Allan lost his life in the line of duty
This week his son started the first grade without his dad, so officers showed up to his house and escorted him to school pic.twitter.com/EOISpNMxCd
— CBS Sunday Morning 🌞 (@CBSSunday) August 9, 2018
In 2017, the police station’s street Derbyshire Road was renamed Aaron Allan Way.
Brown’s trial is set for Feb. 7, 2022 in Marion Superior Court. He is charged with one felony count of murder, as well as a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.
According to WTHR, Brown has a prior criminal history, which includes a 30-day sentence for possession of a controlled substance. He was also convicted of driving on a suspended license.
Another kindred spirit in the progressive prosecutorial world may be found in Pennsylvania.
He’s no longer going to charge people for carrying weed and he’s making a list of untrustworthy cops. Meet Larry Krasner, Philly’s District Attorney who’s all about criminal justice reform. pic.twitter.com/PahC567tPI
— AJ+ (@ajplus) December 1, 2018
He was re-elected in 2021 by voters who liked his progressive agenda.
In his victory speech, Krasner said:
“It’s a movement that has been led by black and brown and broke people, and progressives.”
However, crime in the city has concerned its residents, causing the district attorney to claim that there is no crisis.
This is the City of Philadelphia today pic.twitter.com/sIj5Em51zn
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 5, 2021
Krasner recently assured the public that there is “no crisis of crime” even though the city already broke its all-time grim record for homicides this year, which is not quite over.
Read Broad + Liberty’s crime coverage: https://t.co/n8pYsWrmmk
— Broad + Liberty (@BroadAndLiberty) December 7, 2021
As of Dec. 6, there have been 521 homicides in Philadelphia, which is higher than the previous record of 500 homicides in 1990.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer:
“As of Monday morning, the city had recorded 521 homicides, up from 462 at this time last year, according to the police department. Shooting incidents are up 4.4% while robberies with guns are up 24.7%.”
Nothing to see here https://t.co/qZpFTAgIbx
— Dom Giordano (@DomShow1210) December 6, 2021
Krasner, who has served as the city’s district attorney since 2017, said that while gun violence is up, other violent crime categories are down and blamed the media for misrepresenting crimes:
“I understand that there is a long tradition in journalism of reporting around terrible crimes and, frankly, selling newspapers off of it, selling clicks, selling newspaper coverage, but we all have to resort to the truth. We all have [to] know what we’re talking about.”
Larry Krasner’s grassroots campaign in 2017 for District Attorney of Philadelphia sparked a wave of progressive criminal justice reform across the country. He’s a fighter for the people and is successfully taking on a broken & corrupt system. I’m proud to support his re-election. pic.twitter.com/lag1nK11i7
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 4, 2021
On Monday, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Krasner said at his weekly news briefing:
“We don’t have a crisis of lawlessness, we don’t have a crisis of crime, we don’t have a crisis of violence.
“It’s important that we don’t let this become mushy and bleed into the notion that there is some kind of big spike in crime.”
Incumbent Philadelphia prosecutor Larry Krasner has won the Democratic primary. Pundits nationally saw the primary as the first test of whether a wave of prosecutors elected on criminal justice reform promises can survive a rising tide of gun violence. https://t.co/ar61VSG2ZF
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 19, 2021
When a reporter asked if tourists to the city should be concerned about visiting for the holidays, Krasner downplayed the safety issues:
“No, they should not. They should come into the city of Philadelphia, they should enjoy every wonderful thing this city offers, in terms of shopping, in terms of staying overnight, in terms dining out, in terms of walking around with their kids, wearing their mittens, they should enjoy all of that.”
Philadelphia’s police union and other detractors of criminal justice reform bet big against District Attorney Larry Krasner. But far from firing Krasner, voters gave him new allies. Reformers gained new ground in elections on Tuesday. https://t.co/LQmVJGdjoX
— The Appeal (@theappeal) May 20, 2021
Stanley Crawford, who cofounded the Families of Unsolved Murder Victims Project shortly after his son was slain in 2018, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Krasner should be “ashamed” of himself for making the distinction between gun crime and other offenses:
“How insensitive must you be to make a statement like that when you know how many people have been shot and murdered and the arrest rate is atrocious.
“There’s been 521 murders and the year isn’t even done yet.
“At least 198 children have been shot in Philadelphia this year, Philadelphia police said. At least 40 of those children died — a total that is more than the number of children killed over the past two years combined.”https://t.co/0vvpgSnuLr
— Chad Felix Greene 🇮🇱 (@chadfelixg) December 1, 2021
“We had a pregnant woman shot in the stomach to kill the baby before it got out of the womb; we hada 14-year-old-boy shot 18 times coming home from school; you got a 67-year-old a man driving by Lincoln High School shot in the head and killed.
“I can’t believe that he said that.”
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