Pond charge is elevated to murder
Wells County officials have announced that they filed information with the Wells County Circuit Court to change the charge of reckless homicide, a class C felony, to murder in the case against Bruce Pond, 46, Ossian.
Pond was arrested shortly after four year-old Jacob Michuda, also of Ossian, was shot to death while fishing with his father at a Wells County pond on the evening of July 22.
Details of the information causing the change from reckless homicide to murder will be revealed in a Wells Circuit Court hearing on Monday at 1 p.m.
Wells County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Lautzenheiser said additional review of statements made by witnesses revealed more definite information which allowed for sufficient evidence for the charge to be upgraded.
In addition to Wells County law enforcement, the U.S. District Attorney's office and special investigators from the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Task Force have been assigned to help with the case and their work played a large role in preparing the case against Pond, Lautzenheiser said
Authorities said Pond, who allegedly had been drinking on the night in question, became agitated over a light that was turned on by the fishermen at the pond. They said statements received allege that Pond fired a weapon at the light and the child was struck and killed in the process.
Pond was originally slated to be represented by public defender Albert Anzini III, but with the upgraded charge will now have Fort Wayne attorney Benjamin Nordmann as his legal counsel.