Grand Jury testimony requested in former sheriff indictment case

(WNDU)
Published: Sep. 6, 2016 at 11:12 AM EDT
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A plea of "not guilty" was entered Tuesday morning on behalf of a former Pulaski County sheriff indicted by a Grand Jury on seven charges.

Michael Gayer, retired from his post as sheriff in 2014.

On August 9, 2016, a grand jury indicted him on seven counts including theft, deception, obstruction of justice and official misconduct.

The testimony from the grand jury proceedings is currently sealed, however, a motion filed Tuesday morning moved to change that.

If the judge grants the motion the require an unsealing of the proceedings and transcriptions of the testimony. There will be a hearing on the issue on October 19, 2016 as well as Gayer's pre-trial conference.

Gayer is represented by Bryan L. Cook out of Indianapolis. Cook waived the formal reading of the charges.

Meanwhile, Gayer's former chief deputy, Ronnie Patrick, has also been indicted on 11 similar charges dating back to alleged misconduct from 2004 to 2005.

Patrick and his attorney Michael Woods of Merriville, Indiana, were present at a hearing Tuesday morning and a plea of "not guilty" was entered on his behalf.

Patrick will appear in court again on October 11, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. for a pre-trial conference.

Both cases are in Pulaski County Superior Court 1 but being tried by a special judge from Circuit Court after the Superior Court judge recused himself.