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October 4, 2013

Family speaks out about gunman’s character

Sister-in-law calls Henry Campbell a ‘teddy bear’

JEFFERSONVILLE — The family of a Sellersburg man accused of pointing a loaded shotgun at the Clark County Government Building shed some details on the personality behind the man on Thursday.

“He’s like a big teddy bear,” Lil Stamper, Henry Campbell’s sister-in-law, said Thursday during a hearing in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1, where Campbell was charged with class C felony intimidation with a deadly weapon and two class D felonies: pointing a loaded firearm and criminal recklessness while armed with a deadly weapon.

Campbell’s wife and daughter also attended the hearing where he was charged with felonies that could send him to prison for 14 years, if he his given maximum sentencing. Campbell is accused of pointing the shotgun at the government center on Tuesday — at times directly toward the proseuctor’s office — during an episode that lasted about 40 minutes. The incident forced a partial lockdown of the government center as Jeffersonville police and its SWAT team coaxed Campbell into surrendering without incident.

Stamper, 79, said Campbell has always been a good father to his only child and is loved by his 5- and 7-year-old grandchildren.

Stamper was in disbelief when she first heard her sister’s husband was involved in the incident outside the Clark County Government Building.

“This can’t be him,’” Stamper said she immediately thought when she received a phone call from her sister about Campbell’s alleged actions.

She said Campbell is the type of person who “is always there for you.”

During a hearing on Wednesday, before Campbell, 63, was officially charged, Judge Dan Moore ordered a drug test and mental health evaluation of Campbell.

Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull, who is representing the state, said Thursday that the results of the drug test have yet to be provided to the prosecutor’s office or Campbell’s counsel, Brad Jacobs, of Jeffersonville.

Both attorneys have received the findings of the mental health evaluation, which was conducted within the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex, but both men declined to comment on the results, citing mandated confidentiality.

Both attorneys are scheduled to meet Dec. 5 for a pretrial conference regarding Campbell’s case.

Campbell remains at the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex under a $250,000 cash-only bond.

 

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