The jury in the
trial of a correctional officer charged with attempted trafficking at the
Westville Correctional Facility was unable to reach a verdict earlier this
month in LaPorte Superior Court.
deliberated six hours before reporting itself “at a standstill” on June 12,
following the three-day trial of Christine Evans, 29, of Valparaiso, Evans’
attorney, Larry Rogers, told the Chesterton Tribune.
Evans was arrested
in January 2013 after reporting to work at the Westville prison and charged
with trafficking. The Indiana Department of Correction said at the time that
Evans “was believed to have been in possession of a green leafy substance in
a plastic bag,” as the Tribune reported on Jan. 11, 2013.
Internal Affairs Office, where Evans had eaten a bag of pretzels, then
tossed the bag into the bin, while waiting to be interviewed by a staffer on
an entirely unrelated matter.
Discovered in the
bin, along with the pretzel bag, was the package of K2, by a secretary,
Evans adamantly and
steadfastly maintained her innocence, before and during the trial, Rogers
said, while the state had heavy going proving her guilt.
Begin with a
videotape surveillance tape which purportedly showed Evans tossing something
into the recycle bin, “in a single motion.” That tape was never produced at
trial, however, because it was inadvertently recorded over, Rogers said.
also reportedly taken of the package of K2 in the bin. But those photos
disappeared before the trial, at least they couldn’t be found, Rogers said.
Nor did the
correctional police officer who investigated the case ever attempt to link
the package specifically to Evans through fingerprints or DNA, Rogers added.
In fact, Evans recalls the officer saying something along the lines of “We
could do fingerprints and CSI stuff but we got you,” Rogers said.
More: although K2
has a very strong and distinctive odor, no one remembers smelling it on or
near Evans prior to its being found in the bin, Rogers said. In any case,
Evans “had been very thoroughly shaken down”