The man accused of killing a Southport police officer had his first court hearing Wednesday.
Twenty-eight-year old Jason Brown faces one count of murder and one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession.
According to an affidavit, Brown shot Lt. Aaron Allan 11 times while hanging upside down in an overturned car, as the police officer tried to assist. Another officer responding to the July 27 accident shot Brown.
At the hearing Brown, who still had visible facial injuries, said he understood the charge of murder. His lawyer entered a not guilty plea. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says the death penalty or life in prison will be weighed carefully.
“After a little passage of time, to give the family some time to finish the grieving process, we will sit down with the family to discuss options as well,” says Curry.
Curry says they are building a case.
“We have attained the defendants medical records from Eskenazi which we’ll be reviewing obviously,” Curry says. “And then there is additional forensic work that will need to be done and has been set in motion.”
Brown was transferred to the Indiana Department of Corrections. His court date was twice delayed while he recovered in the hospital from injuries he sustained July 27.