Tim Oakes, a lawyer and the executive director of the Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association, had been among potential replacements for James Payne, who left the bench in January to become director of the state's child welfare system.
The move comes a day after Oakes
met with relatives of Larry E. Morton, the man Oakes killed in a March 7, 1982, car crash.
"I'm very much at peace with doing whatever they want me to do," Oakes
Morton, a married father of two, was standing in front of his parked car when Oakes
failed a breath test, and police arrested him for driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless homicide and causing a death.Oakes
later was convicted as a juvenile.
has spent his
life trying to undo the harm he
caused.He earned his law degree from Indiana University in 1991 and has worked as an aide to Gov.
"The last thing I want to do is cause that family any more pain," Oakes
said of the Mortons.