Justices to review day care couple’s manslaughter convictions

October 13, 2015

The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether a couple convicted of involuntary manslaughter after a child died in their home-based Fishers day care should get new trials.

Saundra and Daniel Wahl alleged in separate appeals there was juror misconduct during the trial after a juror complained to the court that an alternate juror participated extensively in deliberations.

The issue split the Court of Appeals, which affirmed the couple’s convictions in June. Judge L. Mark Bailey dissented in both cases, believing the two were denied fair trials.

The cases are Saundra Wahl v. State of Indiana, 29S04-1510-CR-605; Daniel Wahl v. State of Indiana, 29S02-1510-CR-606; and 21S04-1510-CR-604.

The Supreme Court also accepted the case of William Bowman, who had his Class A felony dealing in a narcotic within 1,000 feet conviction overturned by the Indiana Court of Appeals in May.

The justices denied transfer to 20 cases for the week ending Oct. 9. They also agreed to assume jurisdiction over an appeal of the trial court’s dismissal of the lawsuit seeking Rep. Eric Koch’s emails with utility company officials.


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