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Friday, April 24, 2015

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court decides one today

In Charles Stephenson v. State of Indiana, a 13-page, 5-0 opinion, Justice Dickson writes:

Convicted following a jury trial for the April 2012 robbery and murder of 67-year-old Leigh Jennings in Aurora, Indiana, the defendant, Charles R. Stephenson, brings this direct ap-peal to challenge his convictions and resulting sentence of life imprisonment without parole. For the reasons expressed below, we affirm both the convictions and sentence.

Because the defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, this Court has mandatory and exclusive jurisdiction over this appeal. Ind. Appellate Rule 4(A)(1)(a). The de-fendant asserts the following appellate claims: (1) insufficient evidence of robbery; (2) insuffi-cient evidence to support the sentence of life imprisonment without parole; (3) erroneous admis-sion of suicide attempt evidence; (4) erroneous admission of evidence regarding the defendant's appearance after the victim's apparent death; and (5) sentence inappropriateness. * * *

We affirm the defendant's convictions for the robbery and murder of Leigh Jennings, and we affirm his sentence of life imprisonment without parole.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 24, 2015 12:15 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions