William Gajdik following his intial appearance in Dearborn Circuit Court last October.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A man who terrorized residents in northern Dearborn County for a day last September is requesting the death penalty for his self.
William Gajdik, 38, remains held at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center in Lawrenceburg on charges of Attempted Murder (Class A felony), Burglary (Class A felony), Robbery Causing Serious Bodily Injury (Class A felony), a second count of Burglary (Class B felony), Robbery with a Deadly Weapon (Class B felony), and Auto Theft (Class D felony).
Gajdik wrote a letter to the Dearborn Circuit Court on April 9 requesting he be put to death.
Seven days later, Judge James D. Humphrey denied Gajdik’s pro se request, stating the defendant is represented by counsel.
Gajdik was an escaped convict from Nebraska when he allegedly burglarized a home on North Dearborn Road in Bright on September 6. He allegedly showed a gun and ran from the home after being confronted by the homeowner.
A manhunt ensued in the area that day. Gajdik surfaced when he shot Rob Tibbits in his home on nearby Ruth Avenue in Logan Township. Gajdik fled the area in Tibbits’ Ford Thunderbird.
He was arrested in Minnesota in October 4 and extradited to Indiana. Humphrey assigned Gajdik one of the highest bonds in Dearborn County history: $5 million.
Gajdik’s jury trial is currently set to begin June 4.