Sudden heat is characterized as anger, rage, resentment, or terror sufficient to obscure the reason of an ordinary person, preventing deliberation and premeditation, excluding malice, and rendering a person incapable of cool reflection. Here, the State carried its evidentiary burden in negating the mitigating factor and voluntary manslaughter requirement of “sudden heat,” and Defendant’s murder conviction and LWOP sentence.
Trial court acted within its discretion to consider defendants’ motion for summary judgment after the deadline set in the case management order. The local rule on case management orders should be read in harmony with the Trial Rules.
Evidence of guilt reviewed on appeal need not overcome every reasonable hypothesis of innocence to pass muster. It is sufficient that a reasonable jury could have inferred that the defendant committed the crimes charged; the weighing of all the evidence and resolution of conflicts is left to the jury
When a party objects to a hearing being held remotely, good cause for proceeding remotely over the objection requires particularized and specific factual support. Mere mention of “the COVID-19 pandemic” was insufficient.
The church-autonomy doctrine bars teacher’s claims for dismissal from a Catholic school; the trial court properly dismissed the claim under T.R. 12(B)(6).