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The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in two child molesting cases and one personal injury case.

In a case originating from Wells Circuit Court – Keith Hoglund v. State of Indiana, No. 90S02-1105-CR-294 – appellant/defendant Keith Hoglund appealed his conviction of and sentence for Class A felony child molesting, contending the trial court abused its discretion in admitting testimony regarding whether the victim was falsifying or exaggerating stories of Hoglund’s molestation of the victim. He also contended the trial court’s sentence was inappropriately harsh. The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed his conviction. Arguments begin at 9:45 a.m.

The Supreme Court will also hear arguments in a child molesting case from Monroe Circuit Court, in which the defendant Andy Velasquez was found not guilty.  The state appealed certain "reserved questions"  pursuant to Indiana Code 35-38-4-2, which the Court of Appeals addressed in Velasquez v. State, 944 N.E.2d 34 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011), vacated.  Arguments for State of Indiana v. Andy J. Velasquez, No. 53S05-1105-CR-280, begin at 9 a.m.

In the case of Henry C. Bennett, et al. v. John E. Richmond, et al., No. 20S03-1105-CV-293, Henry C. Bennett appealed the trial court’s motion to correct error following a jury verdict in favor of John and Jennifer Richmond.

The COA concluded that the Elkhart Superior Court abused its discretion by allowing a doctor to testify that John Richmond sustained a brain injury as a result of the car accident with Bennett and remanded for a new trial. Arguments begin at 10:30 a.m.

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