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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ind. Decisions - "Court reinstates Richmond man's burglary conviction"

The Supreme Court decision earlier this week in Michael Baker v. State (ILB summary here) is the subject of a story today in the Richmond Palladium-Item, written by Robert Sullivan. Some quotes:

On Tuesday, the Indiana Supreme Court announced it agreed with the judgment of the trial court, saying, “From this evidence presented, we conclude that a reasonable jury could have found beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed breaking and entering of the church with the intent to commit theft. The judgment of the trial court is affirmed.”

On Jan. 22, 2008, Baker entered Harvest Time Tabernacle Church on West Main Street by breaking and crawling through a window. He cut himself on the window, and Richmond Police Department officers Aaron Stevens, Jeff Shoemaker and Dave Carter were able to gather blood from the scene to be analyzed.

When the blood was checked against a database of previous offenders, it was determined to be Baker's. Baker had previous convictions for child molesting and battery.

In November, Ann Goodwin of the Indiana Attorney General's Office argued on behalf of the state in the case that was prosecuted by Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman. Local attorney Amy Noe argued on behalf of Baker, saying the evidence did not sufficiently show Baker intended to commit a felony.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 14, 2012 11:54 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions