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504 S. Grant Ave. Crawfordsville, IN 47933
This Traveling Oral Argument will not be webcast live because it will not take place in the Court of Appeals Courtroom. Video of the event will become available within about one week after the hearing. See Oral Arguments Online for video.
Three friends were shot during a home robbery in Fort Wayne. One of the victims survived and managed to communicate the name of one of the robbers to police. A Fort Wayne police detective then drove to the address of the named robber during the early morning hours after the robbery. The detective parked approximately a block away and then observed a car stop in the middle of the street directly across from the address that he was observing. The detective subsequently effected a traffic stop of the car. Police made a second traffic stop outside the house a few hours later.
Inside the second car were the named robber, as well as a handgun later linked to the crime. The named robber indicated that Jamesley Paul had been a part of the robbery. Paul was arrested and admitted that he had been present during the robbery. The State charged Paul with two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder, and one count of attempted robbery. Paul filed a motion to suppress evidence from the first traffic stop, which was denied. After the trial, but before jury deliberations, the trial court issued jury instructions regarding, among other things, accomplice liability. After several questions from the jury regarding the jury instructions, and additional closing arguments, the jury found Paul guilty of murder, two counts of felony murder, and the attempted robbery.
Paul now appeals, arguing that evidence resulting from the first traffic stop should have been suppressed, and that the jury instructions were so confusing as to undermine confidence in the verdict.
The scheduled panelists are Judge Riley, Judge May, and Judge Tavitas.