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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court decides one today

In Randy L. Knapp v. State of Indiana, a 19-page, 5-0 opinion, Justice Rush writes:

Randy L. Knapp appeals his conviction for murdering Stacey Lawson and his sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole (“LWOP”). He challenges the admission of crime scene photographs and an expert witness’s reliance on those photographs, the denial of his motion for mistrial, and the preliminary jury instructions in the penalty phase of his trial. He also contends that his LWOP sentence is supported by insufficient evidence, unconstitutionally based on uncharged, non-statutory aggravators, and either unconstitutionally disproportionate or inappropriate under Indiana Appellate Rule 7(B). We affirm in all respects.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 12, 2014 02:50 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions