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[ISP] UPDATE: Suspect Sought in Bar Altercation
Start Date: 9/10/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 9/10/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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Sullivan County—Indiana State Police Detectives have identified a suspect involved in the Uptown Tavern bar altercation on September 1, 2012 that resulted in the death of 51-year-old Richard D. Pigg of Dugger.

James B. Gardner, age 24, of Elnora, Indiana is currently wanted on a Sullivan County Superior Court warrant for Involuntary Manslaughter, a Class C felony in relation to the death of Richard D. Pigg.

Gardner is alleged to have punched Richard D. Pigg on the side of his face causing Pigg to fall and strike his head on the floor of the tavern. Pigg died of his injuries hours later at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Indiana State Police detectives are encouraging anyone with knowledge of Gardner’s whereabouts to contact the Putnamville Post at 765-653-4114 or their local law enforcement agency. Gardner may be considered dangerous and should not be approached by non police personnel.

Questions concerning the ISP investigation should be directed to Sergeant Joe Watts.

Questions concerning the judicial process should be directed to the Sullivan County Prosecutor’s Office at 812-268-6008.

Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Joe Watts
Phone: (765) 653-4114
Email: jwatts@isp.in.gov
James B. Garner
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