A full video of a brawl was released by a Marion County judge, which shows two Southern Indiana judges being wounded in a shooting outside a Downtown White Castle restaurant in 2019. The video had been under seal for three years and was an evidence in a grand jury. But as the last defendant facing criminal charges associated with the fight was found guilty, the seal was lifted.
Clark County Circuit judges Brad Jacobs and Andrew Adams can be seen in the video, fighting with two other men in the fast food restaurant’s parking lot at about 3:30 am on May 1, 2019.
The video was released to WRTV by Marion Superior Court Judge Shatrese Flowers, eight days after a jury found Brandon Kaiser, the gunman, guilty of aggravated battery and other crimes for his role in the incident.
The reason why Jacobs and Adams were in Indianapolis is so they can attend a judicial conference. With several other judges, they had been drinking heavily at several Downtown restaurants and bars, according to the testimony in Kaiser’s trial, when they stopped at the White Castle, 55 W. South St., about 3:30 am May 1, 2019.
Crawford County Judge Sabrina Bell was also with Jacobs and Adams in the fast food restaurant’s parking lot when two men drove by in an SUV. According to court documents, one of the men yelled something and Bell “extended her middle finger to the occupants of the SUV.”
The video shows that the men in the SUV, Kaiser and his nephew Alfredo Vazquez, parked and approached the judges, which was quickly followed by the four grappling and throwing punches. But when Kaiser pulled a handgun and shot Adams and Jacobs, the fight ended. Luckily, both judges survived their wounds, according to reports.
The video then shows Kaiser and Vazquez climbing into the SUV and driving away.
The 44-year-old Kaiser was convicted on September 21 by a Marion County jury of seven felonies and one misdemeanor in connection with the fight and shootings. Each of the two most serious offenses, two counts of aggravated battery, carry a maximum sentence of 16 years in prison. Kaiser claimed he fired the shots in self defense. He is scheduled to be sentenced on October 21.
In November 2019, Vazquez pleaded guilty to battery and was sentenced by a judge to six months of home detention and a year of probation. Records show that in December 2020, Vazquez completed his sentence and was discharged from probation.
In September 2019, Adams pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and as records show, he was handed a suspended sentence of one year in jail and prosecutors dismissed six other charges.
All three judges were disciplined by the Indiana Supreme Court, as Jacobs and Bell did not face criminal charges. While Adams served a 60-day suspension, Jacobs and Bell both served 30-day suspensions.
Adams and Bell are no longer judges, but Jacobs still holds his seat on the Clark County bench.
The video is here, but it’s age restricted and can’t be embedded.