An Indiana man accused of shooting and killing a police officer who was helping him after a auto crash is due in court today.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said his office will decide within about six weeks whether to pursue capital punishment or life in prison without parole for Jason D. Brown, who faces one felony murder count in the July 27 killing of Southport police Lt. Aaron Allan.
Neither Brown, nor his lawyer, addressed the media at Wednesday's hearing.
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Witnesses say Brown shot Allan as the officer tried to help him out of wrecked vehicle.
Brown, the driver of the vehicle, was wedged inside and "hysterical", according to court documents.
Indianapolis police say the off-duty Southport officer was working security at IU Health Methodist Hospital when he spotted a robbery suspect in the parking lot about 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Brown was shot in the right cheek, the right clavicle and the left arm, court documents said. Brown was hurt in that crash plus hit by return fire from other police officers.
Authorities have not disclosed a possible motive in the slaying of the 38-year-old father of two, whose wedding was held on Saturday. Brown was hanging upside down inside, secured by his seatbelt.