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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court decides case involing direct appeal from sentence of LWOP

In Michael Inman v. State of Indiana, a 22-page, 5-0 opinion on a direct appeal from a sentence of life imprisonment without parol, Justice David writes:

Michael Inman was convicted of murder, murder while committing or attempting to commit the offense of robbery (“felony murder”), robbery, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon (“SVF”) and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole (“LWOP”). On direct appeal, he claims that Indiana Code Section 35-50-2-9(l) (2008) is unconstitutional because it does not require that the weighing of aggravators and mitigators be done beyond a reasonable doubt, and he raises issues related to the admission of evidence, the use of an exhibit, an instruction on felony murder, the provision of a definition, the denial of surrebuttal, and the sentence. We affirm Inman’s conviction and sentence. * * *

Dickson, C.J., Rucker, and Rush, J.J., concur.

Dickson, C.J., Rucker, and Rush, J.J., concur. [p. 22]

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 11, 2014 02:42 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions