Jury in Friz trial to come from Martin County

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

JASPER — The jury for an upcoming trial of a Huntingburg dentist and his wife accused of criminal confinement and neglect will be selected from Martin County.

Alan and Aimee Friz

Parties in the case agreed to that change of venue, according to an entry to the case made Tuesday in Dubois Circuit Court.

Alan P. Friz, 57, and his wife, Aimee Friz, 36, both of 5275 W Co Rd 700 S., were arrested in October. They were each charged with 11 felony counts of neglect and 11 felony counts of criminal confinement after authorities allegedly located a closet area of a bedroom in their home that had been converted into a lockable cage for a female juvenile. Alan Friz was also charged with four felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor after allegations of improper touching.

In a change-of-venue motion, Alan Friz’s defense had argued the defendant could not receive a fair trial in Dubois County because of public hostility and outrage, prejudicial news reporting or editorializing that castigates the defendant, speculative opinions as to the personality and character of the accused, disclosures of inadmissible evidence and the existence and contents of confessions. A change-of-venue motion from Aimee Friz’s attorney made a similar argument.

The court has scheduled an Aug. 27 trial for the husband and wife.

The charges against the couple are Level 5 and Level 6 felonies. The penalty for a Level 5 felony is a term of incarceration of six years maximum down to one year minimum and a fine of up to $10,000. The penalty for a Level 6 felony is a term of incarceration of two and a half years maximum down to six months minimum and, once again, a fine of up to $10,000.

The case began after an Oct. 4 call reporting an unruly juvenile at the Friz residence followed by the discovery of what has been called a lockable cage.

Court documents indicate a then-pregnant Aimee Friz told authorities she and Alan Friz worried about the juvenile’s behavior. Aimee Friz allegedly told authorities the juvenile had made the comment of killing her (Aimee’s) unborn child and killing her as well, according to court documents.

Aimee Friz allegedly told authorities she and Alan were doing research and attempting to find a counselor and a place to place the juvenile. Court documents have her stating she did not trust the system when told early in the investigation that it was protocol to contact the Dubois County Office of Family and Children Services in juvenile cases.

During a forensic interview conducted with the assistance of the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office, the juvenile alleged she had been locked at times in a cage. In a second forensic interview with the victim, according to court documents, she alleged being improperly touched by Alan Friz multiple times.

The couple has been out on bond since Oct. 10.




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