The prosecution presents their case in Phillip Deckard trial – WBIW
Bedford – The jury heard from numerous prosecution witnesses in the murder trial of Phillip “Butch” Deckard in the Lawrence County I Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Phillip “Butch” Deckard
Judge John Plummer III presides. The trial version will be streamed live at this link.
Deckard, 58, is accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend Charlene Silvers after a domestic argument on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at the house the couple shared at 2738 Maul Ridge Road. Officials say Deckard and Silvers had a 13-year relationship. Silvers died of her injuries at 7:24 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2020
Assistant Attorney General Allison Chopra first called Michelle Franklin and Jodi Endris, two emergency room nurses at IU Health Bedford Hospital who were treating Silvers when she arrived at the hospital.
Both women testified that Silvers was badly injured and shocked when she arrived at the hospital. She had an injury on her arm and stomach.
“She was bleeding profusely, there was a large wound on her arm and she was bleeding from her stomach. She was in serious condition, ”said Franklin. “She said help me, I’ve been shot, don’t let me die.”
Endris testified that Silvers was “ash colored” and “in obvious distress”.
She also testified that Silvers shot Deckard and said it was not an accident.
Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Brandon Blackwell next testified that Silvers told him Deckard shot her. He testified that Silvers responded with both a verbal and a non-verbal response. Silvers shook his head.
The conversation was recorded on the body camera required by the officer and played for the jury.
Sgt. Blackwell also spoke to Deckard, who he said was visibly disturbed. Sgt. Blackwell told the jury that Deckard was covered in Silver’s blood because Deckard said he tried to help Silvers and get her in the car to take her to the hospital.
Sgt. Blackwell said Deckard told him the two had been fighting all day. Silver also set the house on fire and broke numerous items in the house. Deckard went on to explain to Blackwell that Silvers then went outside and shot him with a pistol. Blackwell continued his testimony, stating that Deckard told him that Silvers then went back to the house where she pushed him while he was holding an AR 15 rifle. Then the gun went off and hit Silvers.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Jan Kruse, a technician at the scene, testified about the evidence found and collected in the trailer on Maul Ridge Road where the shooting took place.
Both the pistol and cartridge cases as well as the AR15 and cartridge cases of this rifle were salvaged from the scene.
He testified that he found the house in disarray; A broken window, a large, burning pile of clothes in the yard, Silver’s suitcase full of clothes, items for the dog and a burnt carpet from the bedroom to the living room.
He found cartridge cases at the entrance of the trailer in the front door and on the porch of the AR15 rifle and other cases from the pistol in the yard near Silver’s case.
The detective Capt. Jim Slone of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department testified that Deckard testified about the evidence gathered at the hospital and the Sheriff’s Department.
Slone said Deckard was upset when questioned. Deckard said the cause of the blood on him was because he helped Silvers into the vehicle. He further stated that Silvers had been shot and confirmed that it was an accident.
The jury was shown the bloody clothes.
Slone testified that Deckard told him the argument started because Deckard hadn’t brought Silvers to work that morning.
Slone testified that Deckard said the argument lasted all day and resulted in both of them being involved in breaking personal items at the residence. Then he explained that Silvers had poured gasoline from the living room into the bedroom and set the bedroom on fire. Deckard told the officer that he had filled a bag with water to put out the flames. Police found a 5-gallon gas can in the trailer, and Slone testified that the trailer smelled like gasoline.
Silvers then allegedly retrieved a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun, went outside and fired two shots at Deckard. Deckard told the officer he didn’t think Silvers actually tried to hit him. Silvers tossed the pistol into a puddle of mud.
Silvers then went back into the trailer, where Deckard picked up the .223 rifle that was on the door. Silvers poked him and the rifle accidentally fired and hit Silvers.
Deckard told the policeman that he helped Silver, put her in the car, and took her to the hospital.
Captain Slone testified that when Deckard found out that Silvers had died, he became angry and cried.