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Suspect in Shooting of Posey County Deputy Has Initial Hearing in Court

A New Harmony man accused of shooting a Posey County deputy had his initial hearing in court on Monday afternoon.

Posted: Sep 27, 2021 8:38 AM
Updated: Sep 28, 2021 7:23 AM

The man accused of shooting a Posey County deputy had his initial hearing in court on Monday.

70-year-old Paul Wiltshire of New Harmony, Indiana, appeared in court on Monday after being charged with Attempted Murder, two counts of Intimidation, and Pointing a Firearm at Another.

Paul Wiltshire, 70, of New Harmony - (Indiana State Police)

During his initial hearing Monday, the judge explained the charges to Wiltshire and the sentences they carry.  Wiltshire was declared indigent and an attorney was appointed to him. The judge entered a preliminary plea of not guilty until Wiltshire is able to meet with his attorney.

The charges stem from the shooting of Posey County Sheriff's Office Deputy Bryan Hicks, who was shot in the head while performing a welfare check at Wiltshire's home.

With the community rallying around the Hicks’ family and the Posey County Sheriff’s Office, the prosecution says it’s focused on justice.

“Right now, our thoughts are with Deputy Hicks and his family as he recovers from this. He sustained a very serious injury and now my job as prosecutor is to seek some measure of justice not only for Deputy Hicks but also for the other listed victims in this case. This is what my office does daily and it won't be any different in this case,” says Posey County Prosecutor Thomas Clowers.

During his probable cause hearing, Wiltshire's bond was set at $1 million cash-only. 

Wiltshire is now scheduled to make his next court appearance on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 1:00 p.m.

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