State police to investigate alleged eavesdropping at Michigan City Police Department

2014-06-17T20:16:00Z 2014-06-17T21:04:40Z State police to investigate alleged eavesdropping at Michigan City Police DepartmentSarah Reese sarah.reese@nwi.com, (219) 933-3351 nwitimes.com

MICHIGAN CITY | Indiana State Police have agreed to investigate whether several Michigan City police investigators improperly overheard a conversation between a murder suspect and his attorney, city officials said.

A LaPorte Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that an independent agency must determine whether the confidential conversations between murder suspect Brian Taylor and attorney David Payne were accidentally or intentionally overheard, according to a news release.

Taylor is charged with murder in the March 15 shooting death of Simone Bush, 24, of Michigan City.

Mayor Ron Meer issued a news release Tuesday night that said the decision to refer the matter to state police is not an acknowledgement that the officers or prosecutor involved engaged in any wrongdoing.

Deputy Prosecutor Patricia Bishop and Deputy Prosecutor Bethany Beckman have said in documents filed in LaPorte Superior Court that the confidential statements between Taylor and his attorney were inadvertently overheard while the two were inside an interrogation room in the Michigan City Police Department, the release said.

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