Split Supreme Court upholds denial of LWOP defendant’s pro se request

A Boone County murder defendant convicted and sentenced to life without parole failed to convince a majority of the Indiana Supreme Court that the trial court improperly denied his request to proceed pro se. The majority provided an analysis for considering pro se requests in capital and LWOP sentences, but minority justices raised concerns about the majority “till(ing) new constitutional soil.”

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Court wrongly denied pretrial home detention, COA rules

An 18-year-old woman who allegedly drove a getaway car for accomplices involved in an armed burglary was wrongly found to be a risk to the safety of the alleged victim, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday. The panel ordered the teen remain held on pretrial home detention with GPS monitoring.

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