Opinions May 7, 2015

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Indiana Court of Appeals
Jonathan Grott, Sr. v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony auto theft. There is sufficient evidence to sustain the conviction, which stems from Grott’s failure to return a rental car on a specific date.

Leonard L. Suggs v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms convictions of domestic battery and battery, both as Level 6 felonies. There is evidence to support that Suggs and his girlfriend were living as if they were spouses, supporting the domestic battery conviction; and his battery conviction is upheld because a reasonable juror could infer the other victim is a family or household member of Suggs.

In Re the Marriage of: Teasha J. Harris v. Anthony J. Harris
Domestic relation. Affirms judgment as to husband’s child support obligation and military pension. Reverses judgment that the court lacked personal jurisdiction over husband as to the division of certain martial assets. On remand, wife may petition for an equitable division of marital assets and spousal maintenance.

In Re the Marriage of: Adena Vanderwielen v. Adam Vanderwielen (mem. dec.)
Domestic relation. Reverses property distribution order, finding the trial court issued an inconsistent order that improperly excluded marital debt from the marital estate and erroneously valued the marital residence. Remands for further proceedings.

Darrin C. Martin v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A and Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Henry Shorter v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms 60-year sentence for Class A felony burglary and Class B felony robbery while armed with a deadly weapon. Remands with instructions for the trial court to attach the habitual offender enhancement to the sentence imposed on his Class B felony conviction, not as a separate, consecutive sentence.

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of E.M. (minor child) and L.M. v. Indiana Department of Child Services (mem. dec.)
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Raymond Stewart v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Class A felony robbery conviction.

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