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Indiana Supreme Court to hear appeal of 3 convicted of murder after accomplice fatally


ELKHART, Indiana — The Indiana Supreme Court will hear the appeal of three Elkhart men convicted of murder after an accomplice was fatally shot by a homeowner during a burglary.

The Indiana Court of Appeals in September upheld the murder convictions of Blake Layman, Levi Sparks and Anthony Sharp, but ordered their sentences be reduced. The Elkhart Truth reports ( ) arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court are scheduled for Jan. 21.

Layman and Sparks, who were juveniles at the time, and Sharp were convicted of felony murder in the 2012 death of 21-year-old Danzele Johnson even though Johnson was fatally shot by the man who owned the house they broke into. Indiana law allows murder charges to be filed if someone is killed during the commission of another felony offense.

Information from: The Elkhart Truth,

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