ANDERSON — The trial for a man accused of maintaining a methamphetamine lab in his apartment in 2012 started Thursday.
Tony L. Julian, 31, of Anderson, faces felony charges of dealing and possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of chemical precursors. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of false informing for reportedly harboring 36-year-old Christopher Douglas, a man who was wanted and later found hiding in the apartment.
The trial began with jury selection Thursday morning and several detectives involved in the case testified during the afternoon. Deputy prosecutor Jeff Lockwood requested the trial be wrapped up for the day after testimony from a drug lab technician from Indianapolis. The case will resume today.
According to the probable cause affidavit and police testimonies, on Nov. 28, 2012, Drug Task Force Detective Clifford Cole was tipped off that Douglas was cooking meth at Julian's apartment in the 2300 block of Broadway, Anderson. Cole and Anderson officer Willie Ray went to investigate the home and immediately smelled a chemical odor they believed to be meth manufacturing in progress.
When they knocked on the door, Julian wouldn't let them inside and told them Douglas wasn't in the apartment. The officers later returned with back-up units and Julian finally opened the door. Detectives found Douglas hiding in a bathroom. They also found chemical ingredients for making meth in a backpack, as well as two bags of powder that tested positive for about 3.8 grams of meth.
In an interview with police, Julian reiterated that he didn't know Douglas was in the home, but Douglas reportedly told officers that he was there to cook meth with Julian, and that Julian knew he was there.
Douglas pleaded guilty to the meth charges in February 2013 and received a 10-year sentence.
Earlier in 2012, Julian was arrested for stabbing his older brother, Billy Julian, in Elwood. That incident happened in February after the two got in a fight. The younger Julian received a four-year suspended sentence for a charge of criminal recklessness, and was also placed on probation.
Subpoenas of several other officers involved in the investigation were issued leading up to the trial, and they're expected to testify today.
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