Several trials for area individuals charged with murder or various felonies are scheduled to take place this year.
After at least one postponement, Batesville resident Benito Lopez, one of three owners of the former Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, Batesville, is scheduled to stand trial in Dearborn Circuit Court Monday, Jan. 6, at 9 a.m., according to administrative assistant Gerri Stutz.
Lopez, then 49, and another owner, Adolfo Lopez, then 43, Lawrenceburg, each were charged Sept. 24, 2012, with three felonies: corrupt business influence, conspiracy and identity deception. Benito Lopez was arrested Oct. 15, 2012, then released from the Dearborn County Jail, Lawrenceburg, after posting a $150,000 surety bond (paying 10 percent or $15,000 in cash) plus $5,000 in cash only.
Aaron Negangard, prosecutor for Dearborn and Ohio counties, said Jan. 22, 2013, he believes the pair are most to blame for alleged irregularities discovered at five southeastern Indiana Acapulco Mexican restaurants. “We found the records. They were keeping track of what they actually made vs. what they were reporting,” pocketing $4.4 million, about 30 percent, since 2008, according to him.
Convicted murderer David Ison’s accomplice, Amanda Napier, 36, Connersville, is in the Franklin County Security Center, Brookville, awaiting a March 17 trial, reports Franklin County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Huerkamp. “That doesn’t necessarily mean there’s going to be a trial that day. We probably won’t know until early March if that one is going forward to trial.”
Amanda Napier faces two Class B felony charges, conspiracy to deal a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. According to an information document filed in Franklin Circuit Court Oct. 16, 2012, she “did conspire with David Ison or Angie Napier to deliver Oxycontin” and Angie Napier texted her husband about the upcoming drug buy. “Amanda Napier further performed an overt act by accompanying David Ison to the Roy Napier residence so he could purchase the Oxycontin from Roy Napier.”