Opinions Feb. 20, 2020

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Indiana Court of Appeals
Jason Pfledderer and Walking With Jesus Ministries v. DeParris Pratt
Small claims. Reverses the judgment of the St. Joseph Superior small claims court in favor of DeParris Pratt on his claim of wrongful ejectment against Jason Pfledderer and Walking With Jesus Ministries after Pratt was barred from continuing to live in a ministry-operated residence. Holds the ministry falls under an exception to Indiana’s landlord-tenant statutes. Remands with instructions to enter judgment for Pfledderer and the ministry.

Keith B. Ivory, Jr. v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms Keith Ivory’s murder conviction. Finds the St. Joseph Superior Court did not err in instructing the jury or admitting DNA evidence at trial and that the evidence was sufficient to sustain the conviction.

Diana E. Robles v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Diana Robles’ conviction of Level 5 felony burglary in Elkhart Superior Court, concluding the evidence was sufficient.

Marcus Byars v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Marcus Byars’ felony murder conviction in Howard Circuit Court. Finds the court did not abuse its discretion in admitting evidence discovered in Byars’ trailer during a search, and the search warrant was supported by probable cause.

Mitchell Tickle, Jr. v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Mitchell Tickle’s sentence and conviction in Decatur Circuit Court of Level 1 felony child molesting. The trial court committed no error in admitting certain evidence from a forensic interview; the state did not commit prosecutorial misconduct; the evidence was sufficient to support the conviction; and the 35-year executed prison term was not inappropriate.

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