FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A trial against the man accused of killing Terre Haute Police Officer Greg Ferency won’t take place this year following a motion to continue.
Shane Meehan’s representation filed for the motion citing they need more time to prepare for a competency hearing in the case that has been delayed due to waiting for evidence related to Meehan’s evaluation.
“The parties have gotten most of that discovery and hope to have the rest of it in a matter of days. When that is completed, Mr. Meehan’s experts will complete their reports and the parties can proceed to a competency hearing. Given that, the parties are not prepared to try this case on its currently scheduled date,” the filing reads.
The prosecution did not oppose the continuance so Judge James Patrick Hanlon of the U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana granted the motion.
“The interests of justice stated in the motion to continue are best served by the delay so that both Defendant and the government can adequately prepare for and receive a fair trial and attempt an agreed resolution of the case,” Judge Hanlon said.
The judge’s order vacates the planned pretrial and trial dates of Oct. 11 and Oct. 30, and moves the pretrial conference to February 14, 2024 with the jury trial scheduled for March 4, 2024.