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January 13, 2012

Hung jury in case of inmate accused of inciting riot

ANDERSON, Ind. — After nearly eight hours of deliberation, a jury failed to convict a Department of Correction inmate of inciting a prison riot in and beating another inmate with a make-shift knife in 2008.

According to prosecutor Rodney Cummings, the jury voted 11-1 in favor of convicting Daniel Bradley on a Class B felony charge of battery with a deadly weapon.

“It’s disappointing when you have one juror who wouldn’t participate in the deliberation,” Cummings said.

According to testimony from prison investigator Michael Rains, Bradley smashed windows with a broomstick while other inmates set trash cans on fire inside a dorm room at the Pendleton Correctional Facility.

During the riot, Rains said Bradley and fellow inmate Joseph Martin attempted to take Marco Shugars hostage.

Rains said he could hear Bradley say he was going to cut Shugars’ head off. He also testified that he saw Bradley making stabbing motions while holding a makeshift knife in the direction of Shugars.

Three other inmates were charged in the riot: Martin, Matthew Fitzgerald and Jeffrey Troxal, all of whom pleaded guilty.

The fact that Bradley is serving time at the DOC caused some security issues for the court. Instead of holding the hearing at the Madison County Courthouse, officials chose to hold the proceedings at the Anderson City Court.

“It was pretty significant getting him here from the reformatory throughout the trial,” Cummings said.

Cummings said Circuit Court 6 Judge Dennis Carroll will schedule another trial for Bradley later this year.

Contact Sam Brattain at 640-4883, sam.brattain@heraldbulletin.com

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