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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ind. Decisions - More on: "Indiana appeals court reverses murder, arson convictions: Advances in fire science cited in case of woman whose 3-year-old son died in 1995 blaze" [Updated]

Re the 63-page, 2-1 COA opinion issued March 21st in Kristine Bunch v. State of Indiana (here, third case - also note the links), the AP has a brief item this afternoon:

The attorney for an Indiana woman awaiting a new trial for murder and arson after the 1995 death of her 3-year-old son says she's devastated that the state wants her 1996 convictions reinstated by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Ron Safer said Tuesday that Kristine Bunch remains held without bond after the Indiana Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for her in March because the evidence the prosecution used to get her convicted was outdated, weak and wrongly withheld from the defense. He says she's devastated because the state's move delays the eventual outcome of the case, which they believe will be her acquittal and freedom.

The attorney general's office filed for the reinstatement of convictions on Monday.

The ILB is watching for a longer story and a copy of the AG's filing.

[Updated at 6:00 PM] Here is a copy of the Attorney General's petition to transfer, filed June 11, 2012.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 12, 2012 05:01 PM
Posted to Ind. App.Ct. Decisions