INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court Office of Judicial Administration has confirmed the people who were with two judges shot May 1 in downtown Indianapolis.

Clark County judges Brad Jacobs and Drew Adams were shot in the parking lot of a White Castle on South Street around 3:23 a.m., after a verbal-turned-physical altercation with two others who had arrived in a car, according to police.

Magistrate William Dawkins, who assists Jacobs in Clark County Circuit Court No. 2, and Crawford County Judge Sabrina Bell were the two others with Jacobs and Adams the night they were shot. The judges were among more than 100 from across the state in town for a judicial conference hosted by the Indiana Supreme Court Office of Court Services. The event started the afternoon after the shooting.

Indianapolis police previously reported that the judges had been visiting several bars/restaurants in downtown Indianapolis before they had gone to White Castle, where one member of the party went inside. Video surveillance shows that Jacobs, Adams and Bell remained outside in the parking lot and were there when the car pulled up with two men who were later arrested as suspects in the shooting.

The suspects have since been released from custody regarding this case, and no charges have been filed at this time.

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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