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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Elkhart teens appeal convictions in death of accomplice" [Updated Twice]

Madeline Buckley of the South Bend Tribune reported yesterday:

INDIANAPOLIS — Three Elkhart teenagers who are fighting felony murder convictions and sentences in the shooting death of their friend have asked the Indiana Supreme Court to review the case.

The teenagers, popularly known as the 'Elkhart Four,' are serving decades in prison in connection with a burglary that resulted in the death of a friend and accomplice in the burglary. * * *

Layman, Sharp and Sparks appealed their convictions and sentences, and won a partial victory in September. The Indiana Appeals Court upheld the convictions, but ruled the sentences were too harsh.

The court ordered the judge to suspend 10 years of Layman's and Spark's sentences and five years of Sharp's, meaning the teenagers would only serve 45 years.

But the three defendants have asked the Indiana Supreme Court to take this case. They filed petitions to transfer the case last week.

ILB: The ILB has had many posts on the "Elkhart Four," here is a list.

The ILB hopes to post the transfer petitions of the defendants, plus the State's responses. In addition, I'm told two amicus briefs have been filed.

For starts, here is appellant Blake Layman's petition to transfer.

[Updated at 1:36 PM] Here are additional documents:

[Updated on Oct. 22nd] Here is the second amicus brief:

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 21, 2014 10:24 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts