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[SUPREME] James Combs v. State of Indiana, No. 20S-CR-00616

Thursday, December 10, 2020 9:00am to 9:40am

[SUPREME] James Combs v. State of Indiana, No. 20S-CR-00616

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Combs left the scene of a property-damage accident and drove his van home. Police arrived at the home, seized the van, and found drugs in the van while conducting an inventory search. The Boone Superior Court denied Combs’s motion to suppress the evidence obtained in the search. Combs was found guilty of multiple charges, including possession of narcotic drugs. The Court of Appeals reversed the convictions resulting from the search, concluding the trial court erred in admitting the evidence because the warrantless search violated the Fourth Amendment. Combs v. State, 150 N.E.3d 266 (Ind. Ct. App. 2020), vacated. The Indiana Supreme Court has granted the State’s petition to transfer and assumed jurisdiction over the appeal.

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