Opinions Nov. 8, 2021

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Court of Appeals of Indiana
James Lewis Washington v. State of Indiana
Post-conviction relief. Reverses James Lewis Washington’s conviction for murder and robbery. Finds the post-conviction court erred when it concluded that Washington was not prejudiced by his trial counsel’s deficient performance. Vacates Washington’s convictions and remands for a new trial on the state’s charges.

Bernard Arnez Dillon v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Post-conviction relief. Affirms the denial of Bernard Dillon’s request for post-conviction relief from his 40-year sentence with five years suspended to probation for Level 1 felony neglect of a dependent resulting in death. Finds audio recordings from hearings in Dillon’s case states a 40-year sentence, not a 30-year sentence.

Colt Key v. Lindsey Key (mem. dec.)
Protective order. Affirms the protective order against Colt Key on behalf of Lindsey Key. Finds L.K. presented sufficient evidence that C.K. poses a present, credible threat to her safety or the children’s safety. Finds the trial court did not clearly err when it issued the protective order.

Lakeisha Ann Tillman v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Lakeisha Tillman’s conviction for Class A misdemeanor cruelty to an animal. Finds sufficient evidence to prove that Tillman abandoned her dog.

In re the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of Ju.M. (Minor Child) and J.M. (Mother) J.M. (Mother), Appellant-Respond v. Indiana Department of Child Services(mem. dec.)
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms the termination of J.M.’s parental rights to her child, Ju.M. Finds the evidence supports the trial court’s conclusion that termination is in the best interest of the child.

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