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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides one Indiana case today

In USA v. William Bell and Lenard Dixon (SD Ind., Magnus-Stinson), a 24-page opinion, Judge Rovner writes:

A jury convicted William Bell and Lenard Dixon of first‚Äźdegree murder and being an accessory after the fact to the murder, respectively, in the death of a fellow inmate at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. Each appeals the sufficiency of the evidence underlying his conviction: Bell contends in particular that the evidence is insufficient to establish that he premeditated the murder, and Dixon contends that the evidence is insufficient to establish that he aided Bell with the intent to prevent Bell from being held to account for the murder. Bell additionally challenges the decision to admit evidence concerning an inculpatory statement he made regarding the murder, and Dixon challenges the decision to shackle his legs during the trial. We affirm the convictions.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 18, 2016 01:20 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions