Opinions Feb. 24, 2023

Court of Appeals of Indiana
Jennifer Lynn Goetz v. James Lawrence Franklin Goetz (mem. dec.)
Domestic relations with children. Affirms the Hendricks Superior Court’s decree of dissolution of marriage, child custody, parenting time and child support order and order dividing the marital estate of Jennifer and James Goetz.  Finds the trial court did not abuse its discretion by excluding the military pension from the martial pot, allocating martial assets or awarding parenting time.

Oliver Bwalya v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Oliver Bwalya’s conviction of murder. Finds the St. Joseph Superior Court did not abuse its discretion by admitting evidence or instructing the jury. Also finds sufficient evidence supports the conviction.

Tracy Alon Black v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Tracy Alon Black’s 18-month sentence for Level 6 felony escape. Finds the sentence is appropriate.

Andrew Lee Barnett v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Andrew Lee Barnett’s convictions of Level 3 felony attempted aggravated battery, Level 6 felony resisting law enforcement, Level 6 felony criminal recklessness and Level 4 felony possession of a firearm by serious violent felon. Finds the Vanderburgh Superior Court did not abuse its discretion by admitting certain video recordings and photographs.

Joshua Millar v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Joshua Millar’s conviction of Level 4 felony sexual misconduct with a minor and his seven-year sentence. Finds the Wayne Superior Court did not abuse its discretion in permitting C.M. to testify about Millar’s prior sexual advances. Also finds C.M.’s testimony was not incredibly dubious, and the evidence was sufficient. Finally, finds Millar’s sentence was not inappropriate.

Angela Sue (Ehle) Ely v. Jack E. Ehle, II (mem. dec.)
Domestic relations. Affirms the amount of the money judgment awarded to Angela Sue Ehle in the Decatur Circuit Court’s order on her petition for rule to show cause against her ex-husband Jack Ehle II. Finds the decree unambiguously provides that Angela is entitle to a sum certain for Jack’s pension plan, no more and no less, upon her preparation of the documents necessary to effectuate the transfer, which she failed to do.

In the Termination of Parent-Child Relationship of: Ca. S. and Ch.S. (Minor Children) and J.S. (Mother) v. Indiana Department of Child Services (mem. dec.)
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms the termination of mother J.S.’s parental rights. Finds the evidence is sufficient to support the termination. Also finds the juvenile court did not abuse its discretion in denying J.S.’s motion to continue the evidentiary hearing.

In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of B.J. v. Community Health Network, Inc. (mem. dec.)
Mental health. Affirms B.J.’s regular involuntary commitment to Community Health Network Inc. Finds the evidence as to dangerousness sufficient.

Keenan J.P. Mardis v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Post-conviction. Affirms the denial of Keenan J.P. Mardis’ motion to continue and motion to withdraw his petition for post-conviction relief. Finds the post-conviction court did not abuse its discretion.

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