Trial begins for fmr. Indiana trooper charged with several felonies

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by Amy Stallings and Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 2:58 PM

HARRISON COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The trial for a former Indiana State Trooper accused of holding a family at gunpoint got underway Tuesday morning.

Raymond Hunt is facing some serious charges - impersonating a police officer, criminal confinement with a Weapon, OWI, pointing a Loaded Firearm, criminal recklessness with a firearm and criminal mischief - in connection with the 2012 crime.

Police said Hunt's blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit when pushed his way into the Georgetown home of Brenda Shaw after she heard gunshots outside. Brenda, who was at home with her husband and two granddaughters, said Hunt appeared disoriented at the time.

Opening statements were presented and the defense said Hunt is guilty of some of the charges, but he never intended to harm the Shaw's or their two granddaughters. Hunt's attorney said he was lost and disoriented after a night of drinking.

However, the state presented a different scenario. Prosecutors said Hunt was on a power trip and was looking to instill fear.

Brenda Shaw was called to the stand Wednesday. Her voice quivered as she told the courtroom what happened on the night in question.  

Shaw said she heard gunshots outside her Georgetown home around 1 a.m. that morning. She said she thought her neighbor was outside her door, and when she opened  the door Shaw said Hunt forced his way inside her home pointing a gun at her.

Hunt is facing seven different charges and the state said they plan to call seven witnesses. The trial is expected to wrap up by the end of the week. An ISP spokesperson said Hunt was hired in 2007 and resigned Oct. 5, 2012 after he was investigated for violating department policy.

Garry Shaw did not speak on camera but told WHAS11 his family will be happy when they can put this night behind them.

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