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Justice for James Dupler

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The below-signed petitioners implore Kent Eastwood and the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office to reinstate charges against Jack Henry Kaplan in the case State of Indiana v. Jack Henry Kaplan. The evidence in that case—as seen in the Affidavit for Probable Cause—overwhelmingly shows that on October 20th, 2016, Jack Kaplan crashed his vehicle while intoxicated, killing the passenger, James Charles D. Dupler.

Specifically, the evidence shows the following:

  • That GPS data shows that Jack spent approximately 38 minutes alone at the crash site before contacting anyone for help.
  • That, after those 38 minutes, Jack contacted his father instead of calling 911.
  • That Jack never called 911 to alert authorities of the crash.
  • That Jack and his father, David Kaplan, were alone at the crash site for nearly 20 minutes before any first responders arrived.
  • That Jack initially stated to the police that his dad found James on the passenger’s side of Jack’s car.
  • That Jack later recanted the above statement and made a wholly contradictory claim: That Jack actually found James on the ground by the driver’s side of Jack’s car.
  • That David Kaplan initially stated in his 911 call that he and Jack did not know where James was, further contradicting his son’s initial statements to police.
  • That a forensic pathologist believed that Jack's injuries were inconsistent with Jack being on the passenger’s side of Jack’s car when it crashed.
  • That the forensic pathologist instead believed that James’s injuries were consistent with James being on the passenger’s side of Jack’s car during the crash.
  • That the forensic pathologist further believed that James would have been rendered unconscious on impact, making the alleged location that David Kaplan found him impossible.
  • That Jack had a blood-alcohol content (BAC) between 0.116 and 0.190—well above the legal limit of 0.08—at the time of the crash.


The Boone County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges in early 2018. After three years of court-date extensions, the Prosecutor’s Office asked for the case against Jack Kaplan to be dismissed

despite the wealth of evidence showing that Jack is responsible for the death of James Charles D. Dupler.

The below-signed petitioners steadfastly believe that James Charles D. Dupler deserves justice. And that requires the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office and Kent Eastwood to try Jack Kaplan for his crimes in front of a jury of his peers.

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