EXCLUSIVE: Group suspected in 70 shootings face a judge
NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - A group of teens accused of going on a destructive rampage by shooting out the windows on dozens of cars are moving toward a legal resolution, but it will be a slow road to justice for the victims, attorneys say.
It was late March when police say a group of young adults went on a spring spree of vandalism. 19-year-olds Daniel Atkisson and Jonathan Church, along with 18-year-old Patience Fulkerson and a 17-year-old juvenile, are all facing charges for the destruction.
"The state is waiting for victim impact statements to come back," said Church's attorney, Richard Rush.
It's also going to be what holds up a resolution, including the possibility of plea deal.
"Before the state's willing to make an offer, they want to make sure they have correct restitution figures should our clients be found guilty or should they plead guilty there would certainly be a restitution component to deal with," Rush said.
Police reports say the group shot out windows of nearly 70 cars mainly in New Albany. All suspects appeared in court Wednesday morning to move closer to a resolution.
"We've got this many victims, it's a lot of paperwork to process to see what monies might be owed to people whose property was damaged," Rush said.
The state will likely wait to get information back from all 70 victims before moving forward with a sentencing recommendation, determining fines and victim restitution, and a possible plea deal.
The group is due back in court in late August, but it's unlikely that there will be a resolution in the case by then.
WAVE 3 News will continue to follow the developments.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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