Farris v. State, 031219 INCA, 18A-CR-1853
|Opinion Judge:||DARDEN, SENIOR JUDGE.|
|Party Name:||Joshua J. Farris, Appellant-Defendant, v. State of Indiana, Appellee-Plaintiff.|
|Attorney:||Attorney for Appellant Kimberly A. Jackson Indianapolis, Indiana Attorneys for Appellee Curtis T. Hill, Jr. Attorney General of Indiana J.T. Whitehead Deputy Attorney General Indianapolis, Indiana|
|Judge Panel:||Mathias, J., and Tavitas, J., concur.|
|Case Date:||March 12, 2019|
|Court:||Court of Appeals of Indiana|
Pursuant to Ind. Appellate Rule 65(D), this Memorandum Decision shall not be regarded as precedent or cited before any court except for the purpose of establishing the defense of res judicata, collateral estoppel, or the law of the case.
Appeal from the Marion Superior Court, The Honorable Kurt Eisgruber, Judge, The Honorable Steven J. Rubick, Magistrate, Trial Court Cause No. 49G01-1609-MR-35168
Attorney for Appellant Kimberly A. Jackson Indianapolis, Indiana
Attorneys for Appellee Curtis T. Hill, Jr. Attorney General of Indiana J.T. Whitehead Deputy Attorney General Indianapolis, Indiana
DARDEN, SENIOR JUDGE.
Statement of the Case
Joshua Farris appeals his conviction of murder, a
[¶2] Farris raises one issue, which we restate as: whether the State presented sufficient evidence to sustain his conviction.
Facts and Procedural History
[¶3] Jeannie Howard lived with John Cobb, but she had been involved in a romantic relationship with Farris. On the night of June 22, 2016, Howard wanted to go to a cookout at Brian Lankford's house. Cobb drove her there, with the intent to drop her off and pick her up later. They arrived after 10:30 p.m. Farris was present and greeted Cobb. Cobb recognized Farris and did not want to leave Howard with him, but Howard insisted on staying at the cookout. Cobb left after Howard agreed that she would call him when she was ready to come home. Howard never called Cobb. Instead, later that night Lankford drove Farris and Howard to Farris' mobile home on the east side of Indianapolis and dropped them off. The next day, Cobb returned to Lankford's house. Lankford told him Howard had left the cookout with Farris.
[¶4] At 12:39 a.m. on June 24, 2016, Officer William Pang of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and other officers were dispatched to the far east side of Indianapolis to investigate a report of a body found alongside a road. The officers arrived at a bridge on East Troy Avenue, where they met the two people who had reported finding the body. The officers next observed a nude woman's body, lying along the side of the road up against the wall of the bridge. A black dress had been placed over the woman's face.
[¶5] The officers noted that a clothes dryer sheet was stuck to the bridge wall near the body, and they also found drops of blood on the bridge wall. Officer Pang looked beneath the bridge and saw a black plastic trash bag laying on the ground. Detective Gary Toms, a crime scene investigator, and a deputy coroner arrived at the scene. The investigator found...
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