Murder

Supreme Court upholds man's murder, robbery convictions

September 29, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld a man’s convictions and life sentence for murder and robbery after the justices rejected each of his arguments alleging error on the part of the Grant Superior Court.
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Cold case murder charge against Fort Wayne man dropped

September 29, 2016
 Associated Press
Prosecutors have dropped a murder charge against a Fort Wayne man whose trial in a 1993 slaying ending in a mistrial when jurors could not agree on a verdict.
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Indiana mother faces murder charges in death of son, daughter

September 27, 2016
 Associated Press
A mother has been arrested on two counts of murder after her son and daughter were found dead in a vehicle in northern Indiana, and early Tuesday police found the body of a man who they believe was an acquaintance of the woman.
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Prosecutor weighs retrial in Indiana triple-murder case

September 27, 2016
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana prosecutor plans to speak to relatives of three people slain in 1998 and review evidence before deciding if he'll retry a man whose second triple-murder conviction was thrown out last week, his office said Monday.
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7th Circuit Court orders issuance of writ of habeas corpus for convicted murderer

September 26, 2016
Olivia Covington
The full 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered that writ of habeas corpus or a new trial be ordered for a man convicted of three murders and sentenced to death, finding that state courts incorrectly omitted a key piece of evidence in the defense’s case.
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February trial set for Elkhart woman in newborn son's death

September 23, 2016
 Associated Press
The trial for a northern Indiana woman accused in her newborn son's death has been postponed until February.
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Indiana Supreme Court hears arguments in home explosion appeal

September 22, 2016
Olivia Covington
Defense counsel for Mark Leonard, the man convicted of killing two people in a 2012 home explosion, argued before the Indiana Supreme Court Thursday that Leonard’s constitutional rights to an attorney were violated when an undercover officer posed as a hitman in prison and questioned Leonard, without his attorney present, about his plan to have a key witness killed.
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Pending release stirs tough memories of Valparaiso murder

September 19, 2016
 Associated Press
The pending release of a man who was convicted of a gruesome abduction, rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman in Valparaiso has brought up painful memories for those involved in the case.
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State files 4th murder charge against Fort Wayne man

September 15, 2016
 Associated Press
Prosecutors have filed a fourth murder charge against a man accused of killing three people in a Fort Wayne home.
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COA: third-party perpetrator evidence not relevant

September 8, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A man sentenced to 40 years for murder failed to convince the Indiana Court of Appeals he was unable to adequately defend himself at trial because he was prohibited from pointing an accusatory finger at the victim’s brother-in-law.
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Circumstantial evidence supports murder conviction

September 8, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Despite not having a direct link showing Donald Burns intended to kill his 74-year-old grandmother, the Indiana Court of Appeals found the amount of circumstantial evidence was enough to support his murder conviction.
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Man pleads guilty in slayings of southern Indiana couple

September 7, 2016
 Associated Press
One of two men charged in the brutal 2013 slayings of a rural southern Indiana couple pleaded guilty to two murder charges Tuesday and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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Death row inmate’s habeas petition denied by 7th Circuit

August 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The man who brutally raped and murdered a teenager in Spencer County in 2001 will continue to sit on death row after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of his petition for habeas corpus relief.
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COA calls for guidance on social media use during criminal trials

August 24, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
In affirming that a man was not deprived due process when the media live tweeted during his murder trial, the Indiana Court of Appeals noted that it’s time for the judicial branch to address social media use concerns.
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Feds: Charleston church shooting suspect 'self-radicalized'

August 23, 2016
 Associated Press
A white man charged with the shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers in Charleston "self-radicalized" in the months before the attack and grew more entrenched in his beliefs in white supremacy, according to court papers prosecutors filed this week in federal court.
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Attorneys argue Indiana death penalty unconstitutional

August 22, 2016
 Associated Press
Attorneys for a Lake County man who faces charges in the deaths of seven women have argued in court filings that the state of Indiana's death penalty law is unconstitutional.
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Jay County man gets 65 years for murder of 5-week-old girl

August 18, 2016
 Associated Press
An eastern Indiana man convicted of killing his girlfriend's 5-week-old daughter by slamming her head into pavement has been sentenced to 65 years in prison.
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Former Indiana trooper reaches $450K settlement with Floyd County

August 18, 2016
 Associated Press
A former Indiana State Police trooper convicted twice but later acquitted in the slayings of his wife and two children will receive a $450,000 settlement from a southern Indiana county that helped prosecute him.
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Indiana's high court to hear appeal in house explosion case

August 17, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear an appeal next month in the case of the alleged ringleader of a deadly Indianapolis house explosion.
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Trial delayed for southern Indiana man accused of killing woman

August 12, 2016
 Associated Press
The trial of a southern Indiana man accused of killing his former girlfriend and eating some of her internal organs has been pushed back to June 2017.
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Man convicted in Indiana University student's slaying

August 11, 2016
 Associated Press
A jury found a man guilty of murder Wednesday in the beating death of an Indiana University student two weeks before she was due to graduate.
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Jury starts deliberations in trial over IU student's death

August 10, 2016
 Associated Press
Jurors have started deliberations in the trial of a man accused of killing an Indiana University student last year.
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Trial delayed for Spencer man in girl's abduction, killing

August 8, 2016
 Associated Press
The trial of a southern Indiana man accused of abducting and killing a 1-year-old girl has been delayed.
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Rare conviction made in shooting by Virginia police officer

August 5, 2016
 Associated Press
Prosecutors in Portsmouth, Virginia, won a rare conviction of a white former police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen suspected of shoplifting.
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Judge thinks cop convicted of murder deserves new trial

August 4, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge dissented from his colleagues’ affirmation of an Evansville police officer’s murder and arson convictions, believing the evidence presented by the state doesn’t support that the man started the fire at his ex-lover’s house.
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