Murder

Indianapolis boy, 15, charged with murder in triple-slaying

July 26, 2017
 Associated Press
Prosecutors have charged a 15-year-old Indianapolis boy with murder in the fatal shootings of three men.
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White supremacist gets 65 years for killing black man

July 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana judge has sentenced an avowed white supremacist to 65 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of a man he confessed to committing because the victim was black.
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7th Circuit denies rehearing, allows case to proceed to evidentiary hearing

July 20, 2017
Olivia Covington
A man convicted as a teenager in a 2008 Elkhart murder will still be given a federal evidentiary hearing on his claim of ineffective assistance of post-conviction counsel after a majority of 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judges denied the state’s petition for a panel or en banc rehearing.
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15-year-old Indiana girl charged with murder in mom's death

July 19, 2017
 Associated Press
Prosecutors have charged a 15-year-old Indiana girl with murder in the fatal stabbing of her mother.
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Indianapolis police arrest 15-year-old in 3 shooting deaths

July 19, 2017
 Associated Press
Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with the fatal shootings of three men in an Indianapolis apartment.
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High court to consider interpretation of habitual offender statute

July 18, 2017
Olivia Covington
Indiana’s highest court will determine whether a lower court’s interpretation of the habitual offender statute will stand after granting transfer to a case that raises questions of proper statutory interpretation.
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Trial delayed over newborn’s death in college dorm bathtub

July 14, 2017
 Associated Press
An Elkhart woman’s trial on charges of murder and neglect related to her newborn son’s death has been postponed until next year.
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Man acquitted of murder in Lafayette art teacher’s slaying

July 14, 2017
 Associated Press
A man accused of killing a Lafayette elementary school art teacher has been acquitted of murder and other charges.
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Mental exam ordered for Indiana mom who suffocated her kids

July 11, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge in Fort Wayne on Monday ordered a mental competency exam for an Indiana woman who pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the suffocation deaths of her two children last year and still faces charges in the fatal shooting of a neighbor.
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3 Chicago officers plead not guilty in Laquan McDonald case

July 10, 2017
 Associated Press
Three Chicago police officers have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to cover up what happened the night a white officer shot a black teenager 16 times.
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Man found incompetent for trial in Lake Co. strangulations

July 10, 2017
 Associated Press
A handyman facing murder charges for fatally strangling two Lake County women has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial.
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7th Circuit: Indiana burglary is predicate offense under Armed Career Criminal Act

July 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana district court judge properly enhanced a man’s sentence following his convictions of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition because the man’s two prior felony convictions of robbery in Indiana qualify as predicate offenses under the Armed Career Criminal Act, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
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Appellate court affirms murder conviction in Indianapolis shooting

July 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
A man’s felony murder conviction, stemming from a shooting he was involved in when he was 17 years old, will stand after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Thursday the trial court did not err in excluding evidence or in considering testimony.
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Insanity defense planned for Indiana mom in fatal stabbings

July 6, 2017
 Associated Press
An insanity defense is planned for a central Indiana woman who admitted fatally stabbing her young son and daughter.
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80-year sentence upheld for man convicted of killing IU student

June 29, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals declined to revise the 80-year sentence handed down by a Brown County judge for the murder of an Indiana University student two years ago.
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Indiana mother sentenced to 130 years for killing children

June 29, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge has ordered an Indiana woman who admitted to fatally smothering her two children to undergo mental health treatment before going to prison under a 130-year sentence.
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High court rejects new trial request in Boston murder case

June 22, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States on Thursday ruled against a Boston man seeking to overturn his murder conviction because his lawyer failed to object when the trial judge closed the courtroom during jury selection.
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Indiana mother who killed 2 children faces new murder charge

June 13, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana woman who admitted to fatally smothering her two children was charged Tuesday in the death of a former neighbor.
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Judge gives man convicted in Gary slaying 147-year term

June 5, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge has sentenced a man to 147 years in prison after he was convicted in the drug-related slaying of a man in Gary three years ago.
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Man gets 86 years in killing, kidnapping case

June 2, 2017
 Associated Press
A central Indiana man convicted of killing another man and forcing his estranged wife and three children to flee with him to Minnesota has been sentenced to 86 years in prison.
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COA: Indiana death penalty protocol ‘void’

June 1, 2017
Dave Stafford
Indiana’s means of carrying out the death penalty through lethal injection “is void and without effect,” the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, reversing a death row inmate’s challenge to the Indiana Department of Correction’s execution protocol.
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Man charged in Elkhart slaying says he met victim online

June 1, 2017
 Associated Press
A 22-year-old man charged with murder in the slaying of a former northern Indiana city councilman told detectives he met the victim after responding to an online advertisement for casual encounters, court documents say.
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Legal malpractice arguments focus on whether crime victim lost settlement chance

May 31, 2017
Dave Stafford
Can agency immunity cover a lawyer's failure to file a tort claim notice and lawsuit?
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Man convicted of killing Wisconsin woman buried in basement

May 26, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana man has been convicted of murder in the death of a Wisconsin woman whose body was found buried in a basement in 2015.
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Evaluations of man accused of eating girlfriend sought soon

May 25, 2017
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana prosecutor says he expects to soon see mental competency evaluations of a man accused of killing his former girlfriend and eating parts of her body.
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