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Redden guilty of 7 counts in first meth trial here

Redden guilty of 7 counts in first meth trial here
Redden guilty of 7 counts in first meth trial here
John Redden

A 12-person jury in Harrison Superior Court found a Central man guilty Friday in the first methamphetamine trial in Harrison County.
John Redden, 49, was tried on seven charges, all felony methamphetamine counts except a marijuana misdemeanor. He was taken into custody Jan. 25 and held in the Harrison County Jail, with bond set at more than $100,000.
‘It was the first meth trial in Harrison County,’ said Prosecutor Dennis Byrd.
Other accused methamphetamine offenders have either entered into a plea bargain or their cases are pending.
Redden’s trial began July 19 before Judge Roger D. Davis and concluded Friday when the four-man, eight-woman jury returned the guilty verdicts about 2:30 in the afternoon.
Sentencing is set for Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. Redden could receive more than 30 years in prison.
Deputy prosecutor Lauren Wheatley, a former deputy prosecutor for five years in Marion County, presented the state’s case against Redden. He was represented by a public defender, Corydon attorney Susan E. Schultz.
Redden did not take the stand during the four-day trial.
Wheatley said she believes the testimony of an expert in meth manufacturing, Indiana State Police Sgt. Paul Andry, regarding the clandestine meth operation was instrumental in convicting Redden.
Redden was charged with possessing methamphetamine, possessing precursors used in the manufacture of meth while possessing a firearm, possessing two or more chemical reagents with intent to manufacture meth and while possessing a firearm, possessing meth while possessing a firearm, dumping hazardous waste and possessing marijuana.
Four other meth cases are set for trial in August, Wheatley said.
Schultz could not be reached for comment on the outcome of the trial or whether her client intends to appeal.
An appeal would depend on whether an appealable error was made during the trial.
Wheatley said, ‘I believe the rulings reflect the law as it stands in Indiana.’