Chambers Trial Postponed


The trial for 81-year-old Betty Chambers has been postponed due to pre-trial publicity.

She is being accused of beating two south bend police officers with a cane.

The trial was to begin Thursday but that is no longer the case.

Apparently, the unusual story has attracted quite a bit of media attention.

Thursday, the court could not find enough jurors that were not familiar with the case.

Especially after an article in Sunday's South Bend Tribune, that detailed the case from almost two years ago.

81-year-old Betty Chambers was wheeled into the courtroom Thursday morning to face two charges stemming from a police call almost two years ago.

Police reports show that in February of 2005 two police officers were sent to chambers home for a welfare check on the elderly woman and her caregiver, Tom Holleman.

When the officers went inside the house, some type of fight broke out.

The caregiver, Holleman was tasered and Chambers allegedly used her cane to beat the two officers.

Betty Chambers is charged with resisting law enforcement charges and battery resulting in bodily injury.

Earlier this month, the two officers, Corporal Lonny Foresman and Sergeant John Pavlekovich, filed a lawsuit against Chambers and Holleman.

According to the lawsuit, Pavlekovich suffered a separated shoulder and Foresman was diagnosed with a mild concussion.

Thursday in court, Chambers' attorney told the judge because of her health she could not sit for long periods of time.

He also said she is hard of hearing so she will likely have trouble hearing the court proceedings.

The trial has been rescheduled for April 2.


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