Opinions Sept. 9, 2014

September 9, 2014

Indiana Court of Appeals
Robert O. Hedrick v. Angela R. Gilbert
Domestic relation. Affirmed in part, reversed in part. Affirms denial of Hedrick’s motion to modify support for post-secondary educational expenses and affirms order of contempt and $500 fine issued to Hedrick for failing to abide by prior court rulings. Reverses the award to Gilbert of $1,000 in attorney fees as part of the contempt order, ruling that the trial court did not make findings that Hedrick’s petition to modify was frivolous, unreasonable or groundless.

State of Indiana v. Jacob A. Wroe
Criminal. Reverses trial court order suppressing the results of a polygraph examination administered to a man accused of molesting his 3-year-old niece. While expressing concern about the reliability of polygraph tests, the court found that Wroe had signed a written stipulation before the test, meeting a prerequisite of Sanchez v. State, 675 N.E.2d 306, 308 (Ind. 1996).

Homer Ballard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms Ballard’s conviction of two counts of robbery as Class B felonies and his 40-year aggregate sentence.

Lance Brownlee v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony child molesting and Brownlee’s status as a credit-restricted felon, receiving one day credit for every six days served.  

Monica L. Ritter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal conversion.

Todd A. Garland v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of forgery as a Class C felony and six-year sentence.

William Mallory v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of one count of murder, a felony; two counts of attempted murder, Class A felonies; and one count of carrying a handgun without a license, a Class A felony. Also affirms the aggregate sentence of 111 years.