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Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash, a Republican who has held office since 2003, said he will seek re-election next year.
Nash said his time in office has seen increases in child support collections, domestic violence prosecutions and major felony prosecutions. The primary is scheduled for May 6 with the general election following in the fall on Nov. 4.
“My job has never been more challenging than it is right now, but I believe I’ve proven myself up to the challenge of managing what amounts to the largest and busiest litigation law firm in the county,” Nash said.
Nash also has taken part in the Bartholomew County Death Investigation Team on at least two occasions in recent months as police probed and made arrests in a pair of high-profile homicide cases — one involving the slayings of four people May 11 in Waynesville and the other the killing of a 26-year-old Cummins engineer, Adaobi Obih, on Nov. 17 in her west Columbus apartment.
In the Obih case, police arrested 36-year-old Ryan Allen Klug, the victim’s roommate, in Galveston, Texas, and brought him back last week to face trial in Columbus. The trial tentatively is scheduled for May 13.
Nash’s office also filed four counts of murder against 56-year-old Samuel Sallee of Columbus on Dec. 13 in connection with the killings in Waynesville. Found dead in a house there were: Katheryn M. Burton, 53; Thomas W. Smith, 39; Aaron T. Cross, 41; and Shawn L. Burton, 40.
The county’s death investigation team includes representatives of the sheriff’s department, Columbus City Police, Indiana State Police, County Coroner Larry Fisher and Nash, among others.
In a news release announcing his re-election bid, Nash said he strives to approach his duties with fairness and the courage of his convictions.
“I do not make decisions about whom to prosecute, about what charges to file or about when to do so based upon public pressure from the news media, from other public officials, or from concerted letter-writing and social-media campaigns,” he said.
“I take very seriously my oath to enforce the law faithfully, impartially and diligently. I will always do what my conscience tells me is the right thing to do, even when it might not be the politically expedient thing to do,” Nash said.
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