Indiana high court won't rehear Elkhart felony murder case

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court won’t rehear a case in which it threw out murder convictions against three Elkhart men whose accomplice in a burglary was shot and killed by a homeowner.

The Elkhart Truth reports the court denied a rehearing in an order issued and signed Wednesday by Chief Justice Loretta Rush.

The state sought a rehearing after the court tossed the felony murder convictions of Blake Layman, Levi Sparks and Anthony Sharp Jr. in the fatal 2012 shooting of 21-year-old Danzelle Johnson. The court in September ordered the men to be re-sentenced on burglary charges that would reduce their sentences to no more than 20 years.

The 19-year-old Layman, 21-year-old Sharp and the 20-year-old Sparks each were serving prison sentences of 50 to 55 years.

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