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ADULT OR JUVENILE?: Heuer to take on Gingerich case

April 3, 2013

Paul Gingerich

WARSAW — Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer is taking on a Kosciusko County case after the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that the case was mishandled.

Heuer will determine whether 15-year-old Paul Gingerich should be charged as an adult after allegedly helping kill his friend’s stepfather in 2010 — when he was 12 years old.

The change of venue occurred after a dispute on whether he should be tried as an adult or a juvenile.

In December, the Indiana Court of Appeals threw out his original plea deal, saying the Kosciusko County judge who handled the case moved it to adult court unfairly.

Judge Duane Huffer, a juvenile court judge in Kosciusko County, ruled in 2010 that the case be moved to circuit court for the boy to be tried as an adult.

Gingerich pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to commit murder charge after the death of Phillip Danner three years ago.

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