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The Indiana Court of Appeals travels to Marion and South Bend this week to hear arguments in an appeal of voluntary manslaughter and criminal recklessness convictions, and a case involving a conviction of child solicitation.

The appellate court will be at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion Tuesday to hear Jeremy D. Simpson v. State of Indiana, No. 46A04-0802-CR-103. The LaPorte Circuit case involves Jeremy Simpson's convictions of voluntary manslaughter and criminal recklessness. He argues the state failed to rebut his self-defense claim, among other issues. Chief Judge John Baker and Judges Terry Crone and Cale Bradford will hear the case at 11 a.m. in the Globe Theater on the mall in the Student Center, 4201 S. Washington St.

On Wednesday, Judges Crone and Bradford, along with Judge Michael Barnes, head to Indiana University - South Bend to hear Dustin Neff v. State of Indiana, No. 29A02-0904-CR-332. Dustin Neff was convicted of child solicitation after driving to an arranged meeting place in Hamilton County to meet who he believed was a 12-year-old girl from Georgia he spoke to online.

Neff claims there's insufficient evidence to prove the offense as charged and the state failed to prove venue in Hamilton County. Neff is a resident of Madison County. Arguments begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Dorothy & Darwin Wiekamp Hall on campus, 1700 Mishawaka Ave.

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