Cass County Judge Richard Maughmer killed in accident

A Cass County judge was killed Monday when the car he was working on fell on top of him.


Judge Richard Maughmer, 65, was trapped under a vehicle in a barn in the 8000 block of Cass County Road 500 East.  He was pronounced dead at the scene. 


Indiana Supreme Court Chief Public Information Officer Kathryn Dolan released the following statement:


Long-time Cass County Judge Richard Maughmer died at his home Monday in a tragic accident.


Judge Maughmer was a dedicated public servant who was elected to office in 2001.


Chief Justice Loretta Rush has known Judge Maughmer for over 30 years. She said, “Judge Maughmer was one of the finest judges that I have ever known. He was a wonderful person, and he served his state and his country well. As Chair of the Judicial Administration Committee, he led the entire judicial branch in a time and efficiency study. He worked with professionalism and enthusiasm to help us consider how to improve the administration of justice. The judicial branch shares in the grief of Judge Maughmer’s family, including his wife, Vicki, and their children.” 


Judge Maughmer was featured in 2012 in the Indiana Court Times magazine. The profile shows his dedication on the bench, military service, and his personal side.  A few other important biographical details include:

  • Completed Judicial College 2008
  • Attended Graduate Program for Indiana Judges 2011/12
  • Committee Service:
  • Board of Directors of the Judicial Conference of Indiana (at large member 2016-2018)
  • Judicial Administration Committee (appointed 2010, chair since 2013)
  • Member of the Ethics & Professionalism Committee (2001-2007)
  • Member of the Indiana Judges Association Board of Managers
  • Recently appointed to the Indiana Judges Association Civil Instructions Committee


The Office of Judicial Administration is working with Cass County judges to ensure a pro tem appointment is made so court business continues.


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