William Gajdik escorted out of a previous hearing in Dearborn Circuit Court.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of a Nebraska man accused of burglarizing homes and shooting a man in Bright last year.
William Gajdik is charged with Attempted Murder (Class A felony), Burglary (Class A felony), Robbery Causing Serious Bodily Injury (Class A felony), a second county of Burglary (Class B felony), Robbery with a Deadly Weapon (Class B felony), and Auto Theft (Class D felony). If he is convicted on all charges, Gajdik faces the possibility of up to 93 years in prison.
During a burglary on Ruth Avenue in Dearborn County’s Logan Township last September, Gajdik – on the run after failing to return to a low-security prison in Nebraska in July 2011 – allegedly shot Robert Tibbits and stole his car in fleeing the area. Police had been searching the area for Gajdik that day when he unsuccessfully burglarized a home on nearby North Dearborn Road.
The 38-year-old was arrested about a month later at a motel in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. During his intial appearance in Dearborn Circuit Court, Judge James D. Humphrey assigned Gajdik a $5 million bond - maybe the highest bond in county history.
During opening arguments in court on Tuesday, prosecutors told jurors that Tibbits will never fully recover from the terrorizing experience of being shot.
The trial is expected to last into next week.