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KIMBLER CASE: Man to stand trial for attempted murder

September 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — An 18-year-old man will stand trial next week for attempted murder.

Dakota R. Kimbler, 18, will have his trial begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Whitley County Circuit Court. The jury will convene at that time.

Kimbler was arrested Dec. 9 of last year, when he was 17 years old. In addition to attempted murder, he was also charged with receiving stolen property, battery causing bodily injury and carrying a handgun without a permit.

Kimbler escaped from the Pierceton Woods Juvenile facility and hid in the back of a car owned by Johnny Couch, who was working third shift at Paragon Medical.

When Couch was near Larwill on his way home from work, Kimbler came up from the backseat and attempted to steal the car.

Couch, a former reserve deputy with the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, allegedly fought back, and a struggle ensued between the two.
During the tussle, Couch was able to wrestle the small handgun away from Kimbler, but was shot in the chest in the process.

Couch used a cellphone to contact the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department while detaining Kimbler. Deputies arrived and made the arrest.

Kimbler’s attorney, Whitley County Public Defender J. Brad Voelz, filed a motion to dismiss the attempted murder charges against Kimbler in February.

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