Trial set for Elkhart officers facing federal charge

Truth file photoElkhart Police officers Cory Newland and Joshua Titus will go to trial on June 6 as a result of punching a handcuffed suspect to the ground in January 2018. 

HAMMOND — A June 6 trial has been set in the case of two Elkhart Police officers indicted for alleged civil rights violations.

Cory Newland, 35, and Joshua Titus, 30, are charged with deprivation of rights under color of law following a federal grand jury hearing March 21. They’re accused of beating a handcuffed man in January 2018.

Arrest warrants charging each man with deprivation of rights and aiding and abetting were issued on March 22 and served on March 27. Bond was set at $20,000 each and the court issued orders setting the conditions of their release from jail pending trial.

The court also ordered several documents in the case to be sealed, including the conditions of release.

Newland pleaded not guilty during his initial hearing March 27. Court records show that Titus did not enter a plea.

A hearing to discuss conditions of release was set for both men Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond. An arraignment and bond hearing was also set for Titus later in the day.

The two also face local charges of battery as a misdemeanor. Their suspension from the police department was changed to unpaid status April 1.

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“The court ordered several documents to be sealed” Of course they did. #bluecrime

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