Opinions April 16, 2020

Indiana Court of Appeals
In the Matter of the Supervised Estate of Bogdan T. Mihuti: Layla Cristina Mihuti v. Ciobanu Law, P.C., et al. (mem. dec.)
Estate. Affirms the Hendricks Superior Court did not abuse its discretion in allowing Ciobanu Law P.C. to recover its fees against Layla Mihuti or in declining to order Ovidiu Mihuti and Ciobanu Law responsible for all fees incurred from Ovidiu’s petition to determine heirship. Also finds the trial court did not err in declining to set aside the default judgment on liability for conversion concerning Ovidiu. Lastly, finds no abuse of discretion concerning the challenged aspects of the damages award.

Eric E. Markwith v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Eric Markwith’s one-year sentence for conviction in Tippecanoe Superior Court of Class A misdemeanor possession of synthetic drug. Declines to grant relief under Appellate Rule 7(B) for sentence inappropriateness based on Markwith’s extensive criminal history. Finds the sentence is not inappropriate in light of his character as an offender.

Oscar Orozco v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Oscar Orozco’s conviction for murder. Finds there is sufficient evidence supporting the St. Joseph Superior jury’s conclusion that the state disproved Orozco’s claim of self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt.

In the Matter of the Involuntary Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of: T.J.C., Jr, et al. (Minor Children), and T.J.C. (Father) v. Indiana Department of Child Services, et al. (mem. dec.)
Juvenile termination. Affirms the termination of T.J.C.’s parental rights to T.J.C., Jr., C.C., and T.C. Finds that the Marion Superior Court’s conclusion that termination of parental rights is in the best interests of the children is not clearly erroneous. Finds the evidence is sufficient to support the termination of father’s parental rights.

J.A. v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Juvenile. Affirms J.A.’s adjudication in as a juvenile delinquent based on the Marion Superior juvenile court’s finding that he committed acts that would be Level 3 felony child molesting and Level 4 felony child molesting if committed by an adult. Finds sufficient evidence to support the conviction.

Tsui-Hsueh Wang v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Tsui-Hsueh Wang’s conviction in Marion Superior Court of promoting prostitution and two counts of prostitution. Finds sufficient evidence from which the finder of fact could determine beyond a reasonable doubt that Wang knew that “Nicole” was engaging in prostitution activities.

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