TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A judge and trial dates have been announced for Shane Meehan, the man accused of killing Terre Haute Police Department Det. Greg Ferency, court documents filed Thursday show.
Meehan’s initial court appearance will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan 24 at the United States Courthouse in Terre Haute, Ind. and will be heard by Magistrate Judge Craig McKee. Electronic court documents filed Thursday show an initial not guilty plea from Meehan.
Meehan’s jury trial has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 28. It will be before Judge James Patrick Hanlon, a District Judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
A federal grand jury in Indianapolis gave an indictment on Wednesday charging Meehan for his involvement in the shooting death of THPD Det. Ferency, according to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office.
The charges against Meehan, 45, Terre Haute, include the murder of a federal officer, attempted arson of federal property and using a firearm during a crime of violence causing death, the release said. Meehan was previously charged by a federal criminal complaint filed on July 8, 2021.
According to court documents, on July 7, 2021, Meehan drove his pickup truck to the gate of the FBI resident agency building in Terre Haute. Meehan then exited his truck and threw a Molotov cocktail toward the building.
Shortly after, THPD Detective and FBI Task Force Officer Ferency walked out of the FBI building and was confronted by Meehan, who was holding a firearm. Meehan shot Det. Ferency, who died of his injuries.