Indiana Supreme Court rules against teen convicted of attempted murder

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A teenager convicted of attempted murder is seeking other relief from the local court after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled against him.

Byron Harris Jr. was 16 when he was convicted of attempted murder after shooting a man outside River Run Apartments.

The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed his conviction, ruling that his due process rights were violated when his mother was excluded from the courtroom because of a separation-of-witnesses order.

She sat outside the courtroom throughout her son’s trial but was never called to testify.

Following his successful appeal, prosecutors sought to transfer the case to the Indiana Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the trial court.

The Elkhart Truth reports that Harris wants his conviction and sentence vacated, corrected or set aside because of the ineffective assistance of trial counsel.

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