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Charges refiled against man accused of shooting wife, deputy

Updated: 3 days ago

Prosecutor also files motion for new judge

(BROOKVILLE, Ind.) – Charges have been refiled against a Brookville man accused of shooting his wife before exchanging gunfire with a Franklin County deputy in 2022. 

The Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office refiled charges on Tuesday that include two counts of attempted murder, along with aggravated battery, domestic battery, neglect of a dependent and use of a firearm. 

Guilfoyle was awaiting trial when initial charges were dismissed in February, due to new evidence being discovered. 

Judge Steven Cox has been the presiding judge, however, the prosecutor filed a motion for Change of Judge on Tuesday as well.

"On at least one occasion during the pendency of the case, and by his own admission,

Judge Cox engaged in personal interaction with the Defendant at the home of his parents while criminal charges were pending in Franklin Circuit Court," court documents show.

It is clear from the above and foregoing that Judge Cox obtained personal knowledge of

the Defendant's mental health during the pendency of this matter...he be disqualified from further presiding over this case," Huerkamp.

Background On The Case

Guilfoyle allegedly shot his wife at their home, before leaving the house with her daughter and walking along State Road 1 in blizzard-like conditions on December 23, 2022. 

A Franklin County deputy came upon Guilfoyle and the child when Guilfoyle pulled out a handgun and fired at the officer, according to police. 

The deputy was struck and suffered non-life threatening injuries. 

Guilfoyle was also shot and is now wheel-chair bound, according to court documents. 

His wife, Hannah Lynch, spent months in a Cincinnati hospital and is in the process of recovering. 


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