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Opinions Jan. 15, 2016

January 15, 2016

The following Indiana Supreme Court opinions were posted after IL deadline Thursday:
James Beasley v. State of Indiana

49S04-1601-CR-19
Criminal. Grants transfer and affirms admission of Gerald Beamon’s hearsay testimony regarding statements murder victim James Allen made to him on the day he died. The trial court could have reasonably determined that Allen’s statements were against his interests, and were thus admissible pursuant to Indiana Evidence Rule 804(b)(3). Summarily affirms the remainder of the Court of Appeals decision, which includes upholding the murder and attempted murder convictions.

Leandrew Beasley v. State of Indiana
49S02-1601-CR-20
Criminal. Grants transfer and affirms admission of Gerald Beamon’s hearsay testimony regarding statements murder victim James Allen made to him on the day he died. The trial court could have reasonably determined that Allen’s statements were against his interests, and were thus admissible pursuant to Indiana Evidence Rule 804(b)(3). Summarily affirms the remainder of the Court of Appeals decision, which includes upholding the murder and attempted murder convictions.


Friday’s opinions

Indiana Court of Appeals
Debra R. Sorrells v. Karen Reid-Renner, M.D.
53A01-1506-CT-534
Civil tort. Reverses summary judgment in favor of Dr. Reid-Renner on Sorrell’s medical malpractice complaint. Finds Sorrells met her burden to survive summary judgment on the issue of causation as a doctor’s expert testimony is sufficient to demonstrate a genuine issue of material fact.

Melvin Duarte v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
49A04-1506-CR-578
Criminal. Affirms Duarte’s convictions of Class A felony attempted child molesting and Class C felony child molesting.
 

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