Opinions Jan. 21, 2016

January 21, 2016

Indiana Supreme Court
Kastin E. Slaybaugh v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Grants transfer to expressly adopt and incorporate by reference the Court of Appeals opinion in which it affirmed the denial of Slaybaugh’s motion for a mistrial. He alleged juror misconduct because a juror who had denied knowing the victim or her family was a “Facebook” friend with a relative of the victim. The juror testified she was a Realtor and had many “Facebook” friends for networking purposes and did not know the victim or her family, which the trial court accepted she was being truthful.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Empire Fire and Marine Insurance Company v. Charlene Frierson and Roderick Frierson
Civil tort. Reverses order denying Empire Fire’s motion for summary judgment in favor of the Friersons and the denial of its motion to correct error. The Empire Policy purchased by the Friersons for optional supplemental liability protection coverage did not provide underinsured motorist coverage to the Friersons.

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Relationship of: B.G. and Br. G. (Minor Children), K.F. and Z.G. v. Ind. Dept. of Child Services (mem. dec.)
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights over two minor children.

B&R Oil Company, Inc. and Atlas Oil Company v. William E. Stoler, et al. (mem. dec.)
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court conclusion that the parties reached an enforceable oral settlement agreement in November 2014 during mediation and Stoler’s claims under his right of first refusal remained viable.

Rodger Wilson, Jr. v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Wilson’s conviction of Class C felony reckless homicide.