CLARK COUNTY — Judge Brad Jacobs will return to the bench in Clark County Monday, almost three months after he and a fellow judge were shot in downtown Indianapolis.

The Indiana Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday releasing Senior Judge Kenneth L. Lopp, who has filled in for Jacobs in Circuit Court No. 2 since early May. Jacobs's attorney, Larry Wilder, released a statement saying the judge is happy to return to the courtroom and serve the county.

"He continues to recover physically and appreciates all of the expressions of support that he and his family has received from the community," the statement reads, in part. "He will be making no further comment regarding his return to work or the events of May 1st inasmuch as the issues surrounding those events have not reached their conclusion."

Jacobs and Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 Drew Adams were shot following an altercation with two men in the parking lot of a White Castle in downtown Indianapolis on May 1. On June 28, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced that two men — Brandon Kaiser, the alleged shooter, and Alfredo Vazquez — and Adams were charged in the incident.

Adams is charged with two felony counts of battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, two misdemeanor counts of battery resulting in bodily injury, two misdemeanor counts of battery and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. Soon after being charged, he was suspended from the bench with pay until further notice. Senior Judge Steven M. Fleece was appointed to preside over Adams' court in the meantime.

A pretrial conference in Adams' criminal case is scheduled for Aug. 12, the same day jury trials are scheduled for Kaiser and Vazquez.

Elizabeth DePompei is the digital editor for The News and Tribune. She has degrees in journalism and film from the University of Cincinnati and CUNY's Hunter College and was previously the paper's criminal justice reporter.

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