Justices reject man’s appeal in death of toddler

The Indiana Supreme Court will not hear the appeal of a northern Indiana man who was sentenced to 65 years in prison for the beating death of a 2-year-old left in his care.

Justices denied a transfer petition sought in the case of Trevor Wert v. State of Indiana, 19A-CR-92, in which the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Trevor Wert’s murder conviction in the beating death of Railee Ewing.

The COA let stand Wert’s sentence for what it called the “horrific nature” of his crime. The COA did remand, however, to the Noble Superior Court to correct a mistake in the judge’s sentencing statement. The judge said he had imposed the sentence because he was bound by the terms of Wert’s plea agreement. The agreement simply noted the sentencing range for murder was 45 to 65 years in prison.

The case was among 18 petitions for transfer justices denied for the week ending July 12, granting none. Transfer petitions may be viewed here.

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