When he was arrested Thursday, Barber already was "suspended pending termination" from IMPD after an earlier arrest on charges of selling a handgun to a felon in Marion County.The case of Jason Barber took yet another strange twist today when the Star reported in an online story that the attack on Choate stemmed from another man's affections for a woman with whom Choate was involved. "The victim, Chris Choate, 38, was involved with a woman who also was romantically linked to an Indianapolis attorney, said Sgt. Jeff Rasche of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department," the Star reports. "Rasche declined to identify the Indianapolis attorney or offer details." "The prosecutor's office pulled the name of the Indianapolis attorney from court documents before filing them." Hmmm. Anybody know who this attorney might be, or why his name would be pulled from the court's file?
"We feel there's sufficient grounds for termination even without this (Hancock County) incident," IMPD Sgt. Paul Thompson said.
The beating victim, Chris Choate, 38, described two of the assailants in the April 26 incident as wearing badges, guns and handcuffs. Detectives are working to confirm the identities of three assailants still believed to be at large, police said, and were hoping Friday to make additional arrests as soon as possible.
Hancock County Judge Terry Snow ordered Barber on Friday to have no contact with Choate and to have no firearms in his possession.
Choate picked Barber out of a six-person photographic lineup, said Maj. Joe Hunt of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department.
Detectives do not know why Barber and the other three alleged assailants would have a grudge against Choate, Hunt said. Police have theories related to the assailants' motives, but they are not divulging them pending further investigation, Hunt added.
Barber was arrested on the Hancock County charge about 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Indianapolis, Hunt said.
Friday, August 14, 2009
The Case Of Jason Barber Gets More Strange
In June 2008, IMPD narcotics officer Jason Barber was arrested and charged with selling a handgun to a felon and official misconduct. The case against him took a very strange twist last November when the felon, Corey Smith, recanted his story and later turned up dead under suspicious circumstances. A couple of weeks ago, word came that Barber had been charged in an unrelated crime in Hancock County for allegedly beating a McCordsville, Indiana man at the man's home in April. The Star's Bill McCleery reported this on the alleged beating of Chris Choate: