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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court holds that a defendant can be guilty as an accomplice even if the principal does not act “knowingly or intentionally”

In Kenyan Taylor v. State, a 23-page opinion, Justice Sullivan writes:

Kenyan Taylor was convicted of murder as Mose Bowling’s accomplice. Taylor’s lawyer did not ask that the jury be told that in order for Taylor to be guilty as an accomplice, the jury had to find that Bowling had killed “knowingly or intentionally.” Because of this, the Court of Appeals reversed Taylor’s conviction. Following authority from several other jurisdictions, we hold that a defendant can be guilty as an accomplice even if the principal does not act “knowingly or intentionally.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 17, 2006 12:47 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions