Murder

Mistrial declared in Indianapolis murder-for-hire case

October 27, 2016
 Associated Press
A mistrial has been declared in a double-homicide case of an Indianapolis man who was charged in a murder-for-hire scheme that authorities say led to the fatal shootings of four men in early 2014.
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Police arrest 3 after death of Terre Haute radio personality

October 25, 2016
 Associated Press
Police say they've arrested three people in connection with the death of a Terre Haute radio personality.
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Man charged with killing woman wants rape charge dismissed

October 21, 2016
 Associated Press
Attorneys for a southern Indiana man accused of killing his former girlfriend and eating parts of her body have asked that a rape charge against him be dropped.
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Man who killed Gary police officer in 1981 to be released

October 18, 2016
 Associated Press
A man who struck a deal with prosecutors to avoid facing the death penalty after being convicted of killing a Gary police officer will be released from prison next year.
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Competency evaluation sought for mom in Amber Alert deaths

October 18, 2016
 Associated Press
The attorney for an Indiana woman accused of smothering her two children after abducting them is seeking a competency evaluation for her.
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Judge: Man incompetent to stand trial for killing officer

October 14, 2016
 Associated Press
A man accused of fatally shooting an Indianapolis police officer two years ago has been found incompetent to stand trial.
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Indiana prosecutor seeking life for mom in kids' deaths

October 14, 2016
 Associated Press
A prosecutor announced Thursday that he's seeking a sentence of life without parole for an Indiana woman accused of smothering her two children after abducting them, saying such a sanction was appropriate "given the gravity of this horrible crime."
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Appeals panel affirms murder conviction, sentence

October 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
An Indianapolis man who objected to his murder trial being scheduled later than permissible under the speedy trial rule failed to persuade the Indiana Court of Appeals to reverse his murder conviction.
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Family still hopes father's homicide can be solved

October 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A newspaper article at the time called the July 5, 1971 murder of Sterling Brewery worker Paul Roedel "the biggest crime puzzle in Evansville" in almost two years.
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Fort Wayne mom says she decided to kill kids after Amber Alert

October 11, 2016
 Associated Press
A Fort Wayne woman accused of smothering her two children after abducting them said she decided to kill them after hearing that authorities had issued an Amber Alert.
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Indianapolis father of missing infant acquitted of murder

October 10, 2016
 Associated Press
A jury on Friday found an Indianapolis man not guilty of murder in the presumed death of his 6-week-old son.
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Man gets 57-year sentence for 2015 Lafayette double homicide

October 7, 2016
 Associated Press
A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 57 years for killing two people during a Lafayette home invasion and armed robbery last year.
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Justices hear home explosion appeal

October 5, 2016
Olivia Covington
Nearly four years after he orchestrated an Indianapolis home explosion that killed two people, Mark Leonard is arguing that he should not have to spend the rest of his life in prison because his Sixth Amendment rights were violated.
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Justices opt to resentence convicted murderer facing life without parole

October 4, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court chose to exercise its “appellate prerogative” and resentence a convicted murderer  to a total term of 88 years in prison after the man appealed his sentence on the basis of a Sixth Amendment violation.
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Trial starts for dad charged in missing baby case

October 4, 2016
 Associated Press
The trial for an Indianapolis man accused in the death of his 6-week-old son is expected to start Tuesday.
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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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  1. The appellate court just said doctors can be sued for reporting child abuse. The most dangerous form of child abuse with the highest mortality rate of any form of child abuse (between 6% and 9% according to the below listed studies). Now doctors will be far less likely to report this form of dangerous child abuse in Indiana. If you want to know what this is, google the names Lacey Spears, Julie Conley (and look at what happened when uninformed judges returned that child against medical advice), Hope Ybarra, and Dixie Blanchard. Here is some really good reporting on what this allegation was: http://media.star-telegram.com/Munchausenmoms/ Here are the two research papers: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0145213487900810 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213403000309 25% of sibling are dead in that second study. 25%!!! Unbelievable ruling. Chilling. Wrong.

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  3. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  4. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

  5. From the article's fourth paragraph: "Her work underscores the blurry lines in Russia between the government and businesses . . ." Obviously, the author of this piece doesn't pay much attention to the "blurry lines" between government and businesses that exist in the United States. And I'm not talking only about Trump's alleged conflicts of interest. When lobbyists for major industries (pharmaceutical, petroleum, insurance, etc) have greater access to this country's elected representatives than do everyday individuals (i.e., voters), then I would say that the lines between government and business in the United States are just as blurry, if not more so, than in Russia.

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