Carmel, Ind.—"I have no reason not to believe that that video has not been manipulated and if in fact the U.S. attorney finds that it is then we're gonna need more judges in Hamilton County," said Turner.
Turner has suspicions of a cover-up by Hamilton County authorities. He says the detective in Hendricks County and law enforcement officials there have been much more professional and fair in their review and consideration of the victim compared to Leerkamp and other Hamilton County officials.
Turner also commented on the plea deal for Laskowski. He said count two which Laskowski pled to involved a friend of Laskowski's who Turner says would not file a civil case against him. Turner thinks that's why Leerkamp agreed to the plea deal and then dropped the misdemeanor count involving the 15-year-old assault victim whom Turner represents.
"The evidence in this case (my case) is stronger than the evidence in count two. But our case was dismissed by Sonia Leerkamp and only the count two relative to a friend, an admitted friend of Laskowksi was accepted."
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The victim in the Carmel assault case is going to speak for the first time Friday morning at a 10:30 a.m. news conference.The victim's attorney, Robert Turner, tells Fox59 the victim and his family will speak about how they feel the case has been mishandled by Hamilton County authorities.
The teen and his family cannot talk about the actual events of the case due to the gag order that's still in effect. The victim's attorney, Robert Turner, told Fox59 News they will however, talk about how they believe Hamilton County authorities mishandled the case.
The news conference comes just days after one of the four former basketball players accused in the case struck a plea deal. Scott Laskowski pleaded guilty to one of three counts of criminal recklessness and received no jail time. Instead, he was sentenced to one year probation and 40 hours of community service.
Laskowski and three other players are accused in a sexual assault on a school bus as the team returned from a basketball game. Attorneys for the other three defendants have been in negotiations with prosecutors but there has been no word about any other finalized plea deals.
Fox59 News will be at the news conference and have the latest updates throughout the day on www.fox59.com and beginning on Fox59 News First at Four.
This story will be updated.