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Prosecutors seek life with no parole for Gibson Co. murder suspect

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Austin Blaize, 23. (Source: Indiana State Police) Austin Blaize, 23. (Source: Indiana State Police)

Two upcoming murder cases in Gibson County could result in some of the toughest penalties the county has ever pursued.

One of those cases is against 23-year-old Austin Blaize.

Last week, Blaize turned down a plea deal, and now the prosecutors office says it is seeking life in prison with no chance of parole.

Prosecutor Rob Kreig tells 14 News that this is the first time a case which the defendant is facing life without parole has actually been tried in Gibson County court. 

Blaize is accused in the January murder of Terry Monier, the father of his ex-girlfriend.

The life without parole penalty applies to the murder charge and he could receive an additional 80 years for six other charges including attempted murder, pointing a firearm and burglary resulting in serious bodily injury.

Kreig says the stakes are high in the case, which adds an incredible amount of pressure. The penalty of life without parole also creates two phases of the trial, as Kreig explains. 

"If you have even a life without parole case there's sense so to speak in the trial because you still have the regular trial itself that you have to prove that this person did what you allege. If it's a life without parole case or death penalty case obviously you've alleged they've murdered someone. So that's part A of the trial and then part B is, you have to come back if they are convicted and have almost a mini, a second trial," Kreig said.

The details of the plea deal offered to Blaize last week were not released because officials don't want to jade potential jurors. That jury selection begins on Monday.

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