James O. Young v. State of Indiana - 10/22/12

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Monday  October 22, 2012 
10:30 AM  EST

10:30 a.m. 20A04-1112-CR-699. Allen Superior Court Courtroom 1. James Young appeals his conviction for Class D felony domestic battery and Class D felony strangulation following a jury trial.  Young’s wife, the victim, did not testify at trial, but two firefighters and a police officer who had spoken with her at or near the time of the incidents involved were allowed to testify concerning the substance of the statements she made to them.
Young presents the following issues for review on appeal: (1) whether the firefighters’ and police officer’s testimony regarding the victim’s statement to them was a violation of the Confrontation Clause within the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States or permissible questioning during an ongoing emergency; (2) whether the trial court abused its discretion in concluding that the victim’s statement to the police officer, more than 45 minutes after the incidents, was an excited utterance; and (3) whether there was sufficient evidence to prove that Young committed the offenses in a child’s physical presence so as to elevate the domestic battery offense to a Class D felony.

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