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Opinions Dec. 10, 2013

December 10, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
David Didion and Kristi Didion as Parents and Legal Guardians of Brayden Didion v. Auto-Owners Insurance Company
27A02-1303-PL-232
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Auto-Owners Insurance Co. on its complaint seeking a declaratory judgment that it had no liability for a dog bite on an insured’s property. The person living at the property was not an insured and Auto-Owners was not given timely notice of the dog bite and injury pursuant to the terms of the policy.

Robert Jackson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1303-CR-148
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to withdraw guilty plea.

Raymond B. Baker v. State of Indiana (NFP)
24A01-1304-CR-163
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class D felony neglect of a dependent.

Dabian Dorion Boyd v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A04-1304-CR-174
Criminal. Affirms murder conviction.

Sheryl A. Payne v. Thomas L. Payne (NFP)
23A01-1305-DR-204
Domestic relation. Affirms denial of wife’s motion to correct error after her request for spousal maintenance was denied.

Jessica L. Rhye v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1303-CR-248
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony possession of reagents or precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance.

Kennith Howard v. Erica Lofton (NFP)
49A05-1302-DR-43
Domestic relation. Affirms denial of Howard’s motion to reconsider and set for hearing, and his motion to correct error and relief from judgment from his dissolution proceeding with Lofton.

Aaron Edward Belcher v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A05-1305-CR-225
Criminal. Affirms convictions of one count each of Class B felony burglary, Class C felony escape, Class D felonies confinement and possession of a narcotic drug, and Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana.

Timothy D. Driscoll, Jr v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A05-1303-CR-147
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions at IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.
 

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