Opinions May 1, 2018

May 1, 2018

Indiana Supreme Court
Brandon McGrath v. State of Indiana

Criminal. Affirms the issuance of two search warrants of Brandon McGrath’s home that led to the discovery of an indoor marijuana operation. Finds that under the totality of the circumstances, probable cause supported both warrants.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Charles B. Eldredge v. Susan M. Ruch (mem. dec.)

Domestic relation. Affirms the order for Charles Eldredge to contribute to M.E.’s college expenses, and the Clinton Circuit Court’s decision not to include a benefit payable to the Department of Veteran Affairs to M.E. in its calculation of her contribution to her educational expenses and to not require M.E. to maintain full-time student status. Finds the trial court had authority under the Indiana Uniform Interstate Support Act to issue a post-secondary educational support order for M.E. Also finds the trial court did not abuse its discretion.

Elliot Edward Shelton v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms the denial of Elliott Edward Shelton’s motion for discharge under Criminal Rule 4(C). Finds the Clark Circuit Court did not err.

Robert Wikle v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Robert Wikle’s conviction of resisting law enforcement as a Class A misdemeanor. Finds the state presented sufficient evidence to support Wikle’s conviction.

Justin Kasten v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Justin Kasten’s aggregate 95-year sentence for his conviction of two counts of felony murder. Finds Kasten’s sentence is not inappropriately harsh.