Suspect in shooting appears in court

More than a dozen officers lined the side walls of Jackson Circuit Court as Isiah T. Roger and five other inmates shuffled into court for their initial hearings Tuesday afternoon.

Also inside the courtroom was Deputy Rick Meyer of Seymour, the officer Roger is accused of shooting twice, once in each shoulder, during a shootout Thursday night near Tampico.

Like the other inmates, Roger was handcuffed and in leg irons. Unlike the rest, he wore a print hospital gown instead of a red jail jumpsuit, his left arm in a sling. Roger was shot by Meyer on Thursday in return fire.

Judge Rick Poynter read to Roger the three charges against him, outlined possible sentences upon conviction and advised him of his rights during the 15-minute hearing.

Poynter also declared that Roger was a flight risk and set bond at $250,000 on the Class A felony charge of attempted murder. Generally, bond ranges from $10,000 to $25,000 in Class A felony cases, Jail Commander Charlie Murphy said after the hearing.

For the full story, see Wednesday's edition of The Tribune and watch for an update.

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