Opinions May 10, 2021

Indiana Court of Appeals
Karl Woodall v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Karl Woodall’s murder conviction and the Marion Superior Court’s grant of the State of Indiana’s motion for a mistrial on grounds of jury taint. Finds Woodall was not subjected to procedural double jeopardy upon retrial. Finds the trial court did not commit fundamental error in instructing the jury or in conducting the sentencing hearing.

Thomas Frank Wagner v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms the Vanderburgh Circuit Court’s denial of Thomas Wagner’s motion to suppress, which asked the trial court to exclude evidence that was seized from Wagner’s vehicle and person after Wagner was stopped for driving on a fog line. Finds that based on the totality of the circumstances, there was reasonable suspicion that Wagner was impaired and therefore a reasonable suspicion to stop Wagner. Also finds that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying Wagner’s motion to suppress.

Jacob Wesley Donald Bengert v. State of Indiana(mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Jacob Bengert’s 65-year sentence for conviction in Vanderburgh Circuit Court of murder. Finds Bengert has not established fundamental error and concludes that any error in the admission of Dr. Castellani’s testimony was harmless.

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