CLARK COUNTY — As Clark County judges Brad Jacobs and Drew Adams recover from being shot more than a week ago, two temporary judges have been appointed to fill in.

Senior Judge Steven M. Fleece will serve as Judge Pro Tempore for Clark County Circuit Court No. 1, Adams' court. Senior Judge Kenneth L. Lopp will preside over Circuit Court No. 2, Jacobs' court. Lopp will start Monday and Fleece will begin Tuesday, according to orders issued by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Both temporary judges will serve until Adams and Jacobs notify the court that they are able to return. Lopp and Fleece will be compensated by the state at the same rate as the regular judges.

According to Indiana's roll of attorneys, Lopp is based in Corydon and was formerly a judge in Crawford County. Fleece served as the Clark County Circuit Court No. 3 judge from 1985 to 2008 and is based out of Charlestown.

Jacobs and Adams were found shot in a White Castle's parking lot in downtown Indianapolis around 3:30 a.m. May 1. Both men are stable and recovering in Indianapolis-area hospitals.

Two men — 23-year-old Alfredo Vazquez and 41-year-old Brandon Kaiser — have been arrested in connection with the shooting. Kaiser is preliminarily charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault, and Vazquez is preliminarily charged with assisting a criminal for allegedly driving the car from the shooting scene. Formal charges had not been filed as of Thursday afternoon.

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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