CLARK COUNTY — One of two Clark County judges who were shot May 1 in downtown Indianapolis has been released from the hospital and returned home with his family.

Judges Brad Jacobs and Drew Adams were in Indianapolis awaiting the start of a statewide judicial conference hosted by the Indiana Supreme Court when they were shot just before 3:30 a.m. in a downtown White Castle. Both underwent surgery and were upgraded last week to stable condition.

Tuesday afternoon, April Jacobs, Judge Jacobs' wife, posted the following on Facebook:

"We are happy to announce that we are all home together tonight," it reads. "We appreciate all of the prayers, text messages and emails expressing support and love for Brad and our family.

"This has been a very emotional and trying time for us as well as our family and community. We ask that you give us a little more time alone to let Brad gain more strength. The most important thing we ask you is to continue to pray for Drew and Tammy so they too will be home soon! We love you all and thank you more than words can ever express!"

The evening of the shooting, more than 100 community members, colleagues, friends and family gathered at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Jeffersonville for song and prayer for the two judges. At that time, Jacobs' condition was still critical.

Senior judges Steven Fleece and Kenneth Lopp have been appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to serve Clark County Court Nos. 1 and 2 until the judges are able to return to duty.

Two suspects were arrested in connection with the shooting May 5 — 41-year-old Brandon Kaiser and 24-year-old Alfredo Vazquez — but the Marion County prosecutor announced Friday he would not be filing charges on either at this time, pending more investigation.

Kaiser was released from custody Sunday night while Vazquez remained in jail for a separate pending case.

Aprile Rickert is the crime and courts reporter at the News and Tribune. Contact her via email at or by phone at 812-206-2115. Follow her on Twitter: @Aperoll27.

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