On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, Fox 19 reported that Franklin County Prosecutor Christopher Huerkamp had refiled attempted murder charges against Gregory Guilfoyle and additionally filed a motion requesting that Judge J. Steven Cox recuse himself from the case.

Guilfoyle is accused of shooting his wife Hannah and Deputy Arin Bowers in Franklin County, Indiana in December 2022. He was originally scheduled to stand trial in February of this year, but Prosecutor Huerkamp dismissed the charges at that time, citing the need for more preparation time.

The new charges include two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery, one count of domestic battery, two counts of neglect of a dependent, one count of battery with a deadly weapon, one count of pointing a firearm, and three counts of use of a firearm. Guilfoyle faces a total of 12 felony charges related to the shootings.

In his recusal motion, Prosecutor Huerkamp questioned Judge Cox’s impartiality in the case. He stated that Judge Cox had visited Guilfoyle while recovering from being shot at his parents’ home. During this interaction, Judge Cox discussed Guilfoyle’s mental state with him. Guilfoyle’s mental competence has been an ongoing issue disputed in the case.

Huerkamp also noted that Judge Cox later denied defense motions related to Guilfoyle’s competency. Additionally, Judge Cox had conversations about the court-ordered sanity evaluation outside the presence of both parties and imposed a deadline on its completion. Due to gaining personal knowledge of the defendant’s mental health, Huerkamp argued that Judge Cox could no longer preside over the case in an unbiased manner.

According to past reports, the shootings occurred in December 2022 when Guilfoyle allegedly shot his wife at their home before firing at Deputy Bowers outside. Bowers was struck by gunfire but protected by his vest. He then shot Guilfoyle, paralyzing him from the waist down. Both Guilfoyle and his wife were seriously injured. The new prosecution is seeking to have the case heard before a different judge.

 

 

Source: Fox 19