Wednesday, April 26th:
*Omnibus Hearing (@ am CT) - IN - Emma Grace Patricia Sweet
(2) (Last seen Nov. 24, 2021, reported missing Nov. 25, 2021; found Nov. 28, 2021 -2 ½ miles downstream from the submerged truck. The death certificate filed for 2-year-old Emma indicates her manner of death as homicide & cause of death as complications of hypothermia & asphyxia due to drowning). Also Jeremy Sweet, dad & truck found Nov. 26, 2021 in the East Fork White River, Columbus, Bartholomew County. *Jeremy W. Sweet (38/now 39) arrested (11/28/21) & charged
(12/1/21) with neglect of a dependent resulting in death & unlawful possession of syringe. Plead not guilty. $1.2M bond.
No actions were taken by her adult caregiver to rescue Emma from the dangerous environment & this inaction resulted in her death," the Bartholomew County Sheriff alleged in a statement, "and thus the manner of death is homicide."
Trial was set to begin on 4/11/23 continued on 7/18/23 (tentative date).
Info on case & court info from 11/26/21 thru 11/21/22 reference post #313 here:
12/28/22 Update: Change of plea hearing on 3/13/23 @ 9am. Pretrial conference hearing on 3/27/23 @ 11am & jury trial begins on 4/11/23.
3/13/23 Update: Defense attorney Andrew C. Maternowski asked that the matter be postponed for the fourth time. Maternowski was retained by Sweet last May, replacing public defender Aaron Edwards. He told Judge James Worton the case is still active in the discovery phase. Besides the State & defense exchanging information, discovery might mean interviewing witnesses, gathering physical evidence, examining computer files, speaking with expert witnesses, reviewing police reports & going over witness statements. After DA Holden-Kay did not object, Judge James Worton scheduled a new change of plea hearing for 6/26/23 at 10:30am, a final pre-trial conference on 7/10/23 at 11am & a tentative jury trial to begin at 8:30am on 7/18/23.
3/23/23 Update: Next omnibus hearing on 4/26/23