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Identification of defendant via phone calls and texts upheld by COA

August 20, 2015

A Grant County man argued threatening phone calls could not be linked to him, but he was unable to overcome the testimony by people who knew the sound of his voice.  

Maurice Knight was convicted of invasion of privacy and intimidation after he violated a protective order by placing several profanity-laced phone calls and text messages to his former girlfriend. Several of these calls were recorded because he made them while he was in the county jail.

On appeal, Knight not did argue that the calls and messages violated the protective order. Rather, he claimed the evidence was insufficient to identify him as the person who called and sent texts to his girlfriend.

The Indiana Court of Appeals was not convinced, affirming the conviction in Maurice Knight v. State of Indiana, 27A02-1411-CR-814.

Sheriff’s deputies, the girlfriend and her mother all identified Knight as calling or sending the text messages. From their testimony, the Court of Appeals found the trial court could reasonably conclude that the messages and calls came from Knight.    
 

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