Suspect in trooper’s death facing murder charge

Terry Sands, right, is escorted by police in DeKalb County. He's accused of running over a state police officer. Screen grab from WNDU.
Associated Press

ABURN — A prosecutor has filed a murder charge and requested a sentence of life without parole against a man accused of driving his car over an Indiana State trooper a week ago on I-69.

DeKalb County Prosecutor Neal Blythe also filed two counts of resisting law enforcement and one count of operating with a controlled substance resulting in death against 42-year-old Terry Sands of Marion.

He’s accused in the March 3 death of Indiana State Police Master Trooper James Bailey

A hospital blood draw from Sands showed the presence of marijuana, a probable cause affidavit said.

Sands was fleeing police in his car when it struck Bailey, the affidavit said.

On Thursday, DeKalb Superior Court Judge Adam Squiller entered a preliminary plea of not guilty on Sands’ behalf and ordered Sands to be held without bond.