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COA travels to Terre Haute

December 10, 2008

An Indiana Court of Appeals panel of judges travels to Terre Haute Thursday for arguments in a robbery case out of Vanderburgh County. Chief Judge John G. Baker and Judges Terry A. Crone and Cale A. Bradford will hear arguments in William Cornett v. State, 82A01-0803-CR-130, in which Cornett was convicted of Class B felony robbery for robbing a convenience store employee at gunpoint. The employee contacted police and provided a description of the suspect and his vehicle. The employee identified Cornett in a second photo array.

Cornett raises four issues on appeal: the trial court erred in denying his motion for a mistrial; the trial court engaged in impermissible communication with the jury without consulting trial counsel first; the trial court abused its discretion in admitting a videotape of the robbery; and the trial court failed to properly instruct the jury on the definition of a deadly weapon and the jury had the right to decide the law and the facts.

Arguments begin at 1 p.m. in the auditorium at Terre Haute South High School.

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