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Evidence Stolen From Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse

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For the past year, attorneys have been preparing to battle over who is responsible for a stage rigging error that caused a stage to collapse at the Indiana State Fair in August, killing seven people and injuring dozens before a Sugarland concert. Unfortunately, now it will be much more difficult to reach a verdict in the case, which goes to trial on April 1, 2014. Last weekend, steel cables that were part of the stage rigging system were stolen from the warehouse where they were being stored with other wreckage from the collapse.

Although it’s unfortunate that part of the evidence for the high-profile court case has gone missing, authorities can take some comfort in the fact that it most likely wasn’t stolen by someone who wanted to interfere with the verdict.

“They broke in for the purpose of stripping the electrical wiring from the facility and then while they were there, criminals being criminals, it was ‘Oh, there’s something else we can steal,’” said State Police Capt. Dave Bursten (according to the Washington Post.)

On Aug. 13, the attendees of this year’s Indiana State Fair will pause for a moment of silence to remember the victims of last year’s tragedy. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since this unfortunate incident took place. Our thoughts are still with the victims of the untimely collapse.

The future trial will begin to determine if the ‘Stuck Like Glue’ -singing duo is responsible for the injuries and damages that were incurred when the stage fell. Victims and the families of those who were killed by the tragedy are suing the duo for damages, claiming that they were responsible for the structure. Sugarland was scheduled to perform when high winds blew the elaborate stage set-up onto the crowd. The lawsuit could potentially decide that Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles are liable for the accident, forcing them to pay millions in damages.

See Initial Report of Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse

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