Update posted at 1:37 p.m.:
Testimony has ended in the jury trial of accused home burglar and shooter William Gajdik.
There was no tesimony heard by jurors in Dearborn Circuit Court Monday. Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard told Eagle 99.3 the day had been earmarked by Judge James D. Humphrey as a day for Gajdik to testify on his own behalf, but the 39-year-old and his lawyers decided he would not take the stand Monday morning. The trial adjourned for the day.
Closing arguments by prosecutors and Gajdik's defense attorneys will begin at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday. Each side will be given one hour to make their final statements to the jury, Negangard said. Then jurors will go to deliberate the six charges Gajdik faces.
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 convicted on all those charges, Gajdik faces up to 93 years in prison.
Original story posted 7:04 a.m.:
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – The suspect in a robbery and shooting in Bright could take the stand in his jury trial Monday.
William Gajdik, 39, allegedly burglarized two homes and shot one of the homeowners in the Bright area of Dearborn County last September 6. Robert Tibbits - the homeowner who was allegedly shot by Gajdik with a gun stolen from the first home - and his family have been in the courtroom for much of the trial.
Gajdik could take the stand himself as testimony is expected to wrap up as soon as Monday. The trial which began last Monday, August 6, could wrap up with closing arguments Tuesday, said Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard.
Gajdik faces up to 93 years in prison if convicted for Attempted Murder and other charges.