Murder

Man convicted in swordfight death loses PCR appeal

January 12, 2016
Dave Stafford
A man convicted of killing his great-uncle in a 2009 swordfight that also took the life of his grandmother failed Tuesday in his pro se post-conviction relief appeal.
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Eastern Indiana man gets 69 years for fatally shooting buddy

January 11, 2016
 Associated Press
A judge sentenced Bert McQueen III, 44, of Union County on Friday to 69 years in prison under a plea agreement in which he was convicted of murder and being a habitual offender in the September 2014 slaying of Brandon Wicker of Brownsville.
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Elkhart-area man gets life without parole in teen's slaying

January 8, 2016
 Associated Press
A man convicted of murder for stabbing a 17-year-old girl and mutilating her body has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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Anderson man to use self-defense in killing, kidnapping trial

January 8, 2016
 Associated Press
A central Indiana man accused of killing another man and forcing his estranged wife and three children to flee with him to Minnesota plans to argue self-defense in his upcoming trial.
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Sentence modification considered for brothers in 1996 murder

January 5, 2016
 Associated Press
A central Indiana judge has indicated he will consider modified sentences for two brothers serving 55 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder in 1997.
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Man accused in death of pastor's wife charged in 2nd slaying

December 29, 2015
 Associated Press
An 18-year-old man accused of killing an Indianapolis pastor's pregnant wife during a home invasion faces another murder charge in a second fatal robbery that a prosecutor said Tuesday happened amid an "unprecedented" eight-day violent crime spree.
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Planned Parenthood shooting case stalls for mental exam

December 24, 2015
 Associated Press
The case against the man who acknowledges killing three people in an attack on a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic moves into a new phase while he awaits a mental competency evaluation, ordered after he defiantly told a judge he wanted to fire his public defender and represent himself.
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Trial postponed in IU student's slaying

December 17, 2015
 Associated Press
The murder trial for a man accused of killing a 22-year-old Indiana University student has been postponed until June.
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Judge: Indianapolis house blast defendant to keep lawyers

December 16, 2015
 Associated Press
A judge has rejected a request by a defendant in an Indianapolis house explosion that killed two people to dismiss his attorneys and represent himself one month before his trial is scheduled to begin.
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Woman sentenced to 215 years for crash deaths loses PCR appeal

December 10, 2015
Dave Stafford
A woman who drove the wrong way on State Road 67 near Martinsville and collided with a minivan killing a man and six children in 2000 lost her post-conviction relief appeal Thursday.
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3 men to be resentenced after Supreme Court ruling

December 9, 2015
 Associated Press
A new sentencing hearing is scheduled for three northern Indiana men whose murder convictions were thrown out by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Quadruple homicide suspect to attend change of plea hearing

December 9, 2015
A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for an Indiana man who's facing the death penalty in a quadruple homicide.
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Hearing set in southern Indiana quadruple killing appeal

December 7, 2015
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana man's appeal of his conviction in the shooting deaths of four people is set to go before the state Supreme Court later this month.
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Oscar Pistorius conviction: Explaining the law behind it

December 3, 2015
 Associated Press
The heart of the murder case against Oscar Pistorius has relied on a section of South African criminal law known by the Latin term of dolus eventualis. The Supreme Court of Appeal decided Thursday that a lower court's reading of that was faulty and overturned its manslaughter conviction against the athlete, convicting him of murder.
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‘Elkhart Four’ ruling stands

December 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Supreme Court has denied the state’s petition for a rehearing in the "Elkhart Four" felony murder case.
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2 charged in pastor's wife killing say little in court

November 24, 2015
 Associated Press
The two men charged in the shooting death of an Indianapolis pastor's pregnant wife said little Tuesday when they faced a judge for the first time since their arrest.
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2 men charged with murder in killing of pastor's wife

November 23, 2015
 Associated Press
Two men were charged Monday with murder in the fatal shooting of a pastor's pregnant wife during an apparent break in of their Indianapolis home, court records show.
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Indiana man's murder trial in wife's death ends in hung jury

November 20, 2015
 Associated Press
A murder trial for a northwestern Indiana man accused of killing his wife has ended with a hung jury.
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Suspected killer cancels request to represent himself

November 19, 2015
 Associated Press
A northwest Indiana man charged with strangling two women has decided not to represent himself during his upcoming trial.
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East Chicago councilman pleads not guilty to murder charge

November 18, 2015
 Associated Press
An East Chicago councilman charged with murder has pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing in federal court.
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Judge denies ex-officer's bid for review of convictions

November 12, 2015
 Associated Press
A judge has denied a former Evansville police officer's bid for a federal review of his murder and arson convictions.
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Murder exonoree to speak at IU McKinney

November 11, 2015
IL Staff
An Ohio man sentenced to death for the 1975 murder of a money-order salesman in Cleveland and later declared innocent in 2015 will speak at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Friday.
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Former officer charged with murder sues over representation

November 11, 2015
 Associated Press
A former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the death of an unarmed black motorist is suing a police association, saying the group failed to provide the legal representation he paid for under an insurance plan.
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Judge OKs closed hearings in Bloomington man's murder trial

November 6, 2015
 Associated Press
A judge has decided a Bloomington man accused of killing an Indiana University student can seek additional public funds to hire experts and investigators for hearings closed to the prosecution and the public.
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Justices acquit mother involved in fistfight turned fatal

November 5, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court acquitted the woman involved in a planned beatdown that resulted in one man dying and she, her son and another man being convicted of attempted aggravated battery. The justices previously this year ordered the other two perpetrators’ convictions reversed and said the “basic principle of justice” requires the same result in the woman’s case.
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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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