Justices adopt COA opinion, affirm intimidation conviction

The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the intimidation conviction of a man who threatened to kill his sister’s landlord if she returned to the Indianapolis apartment.  

Victor Roar was accused of making the threat after a property manager put an eviction notice on his sister’s apartment door. He warned the property manager if she came back on the property, “he’d kill her,” according to the record.

The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Roar’s conviction in April, and after taking the case, the Supreme Court issued a two-page per curiam decision affirming the COA. The appellate panel ruled that the state presented sufficient evidence that the statement was made with the intent to place the property manager in fear of retaliation for a prior lawful act.

“We agree with Judge [Edward] Najam’s analysis and the result reached by the Court of Appeals majority in the present appeal,” the justices wrote. “We therefore grant transfer, adopt and incorporate by reference that portion of the Court of Appeals’ opinion addressing the sufficiency of the evidence in accordance with Indiana Appellate Rule 58(A)(1), and affirm the trial court. We summarily affirm that part of the Court of Appeals’ opinion addressing the admission of other evidence.”

The decision is Victor Roar v. State of Indiana, 49S02-1607-CR-372.

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