WATERLOO, IN (WTVB) - A former Branch County woman who graduated from Coldwater High School 1996 and was charged in connection with the December 2011 shooting of a Northeast Indiana Police officer was sentenced Monday in DeKalb Superior Court. 34-year-old Julie King of Auburn was ordered to serve 38 years of a 45 year sentence. King had entered a guilty plea to a Class A felony count of aiding in attempted murder. The plea agreement brought the state to dismiss murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges.
King’s trial was supposed to start yesterday. Waterloo Deputy Marshal Steven Brady was shot in the face when he confronted King and her boyfriend Ralph Hardiek as Brady was checking out a report of an attempted robbery. Hardiek later that day was shot to death by police after authorities say he pointed a gun at them while he and King were hiding underneath the deck of a home in Waterloo. King was critically wounded during the incident but recovered. Indiana law allowed King to be charged with murder because Hardiek died while trying to commit a felony.