Trial date set in Nash case

A special judge in the case of multiple criminal charges filed against Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash has set a trial date for Feb. 7 in Bartholomew Superior Court 1.

Jennings Superior Court Judge Gary Smith also set a date for a pre-trial conference for 11 a.m. Dec. 19 and a change of plea hearing for 10:15 a.m. Dec. 5, according to court documents. Nash and his attorney, Mark Dove, North Vernon, waived an initial hearing which was initially scheduled for Wednesday.

Nash was accused of multiple charges by a special prosecutor relating to a criminal complaint from his neighbor regarding a verbal dispute over dogs, court records state.

Special prosecutor Franklin W. Arkenberg filed the charges July 15 in Bartholomew Superior Court 1 accusing Nash of felony obstruction of justice, felony intimidation, misdemeanor intimidation, misdemeanor interference with the reporting of a crime, misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and four counts of misdemeanor harassment. The documents were unsealed last week.

When contacted, Nash said he had no comment.

According to the unsealed probable cause affidavit, Indiana State Police Detective Tim Denby was assigned to investigate a criminal complaint received from Scott and Monica Salazar-Stuck at 6043 Acorn Drive in Columbus.

The couple alleged that Nash threatened Scott Stuck’s life on Mother’s Day, May 8.