Supreme Court arguments set in child neglect case after defendant released from jail

Indiana Supreme Court justices are set to hear oral argument in a neglect and battery case next week, where a man accused of battering a toddler was ordered released from jail earlier this year by the Indiana Court of Appeals.

In John Yeager v. State of Indiana, 20A-CR-121, John Yeager was charged with Level 3 felony counts of aggravated battery, battery on a child less than 14 years old, domestic battery and felony neglect of a dependent after he was accused of battering his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son. The Jefferson Circuit Court set bail at $250,000, then later denied Yeager’s motion to reduce his bail.

However, the appellate court reversed and remanded with instructions to release Yeager to pretrial supervision with electronic monitoring and a no-contact order in favor of the alleged victim. Specifically, the COA agreed with Yeager’s assertion that the fact that he “has merely been accused, cannot constitute clear and convincing evidence that he is a danger to the alleged victim or the community.”

Justices will hear arguments on petition to transfer in the case at 9 a.m. Nov. 5. Arguments, which are set to last 40 minutes, will be held remotely and streamed online. 

Other remote arguments set for Nov. 5 include two direct appeals challenging murder convictions and related sentences of life without parole: Dylan Thomas Tate v. State of Indiana, scheduled for 10 a.m., and Zachariah Brian Wright v. State of Indiana, scheduled for 11 a.m.

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