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Ivy Tech Lafayette hosts Court of Appeals
Start Date: 4/26/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/26/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

Appellant will challenge murder confession during oral argument at Ivy Tech

Defendant claims “coercive” police tactics render confession inadmissible at trial


INDIANAPOLIS – A Lake County man who confessed to a 2007 murder will contest the validity of his confession at a May 1 oral argument before the Court of Appeals of Indiana.

The argument will start at 10 a.m. in Ivy Hall at Ivy Tech Community College, 3101 S. Creasy Lane, Lafayette. A panel of Chief Judge Margret G. Robb, Judge Ezra H. Friedlander and Judge James S. Kirsch will hear Bond v. State on interlocutory appeal from Lake Superior Court.

Reporters, including student journalists, may ask the court’s permission to record or photograph the argument. Please fax the Court Administrator (317-233-4627) at least 48 hours before the argument. All cameras must be tripod mounted and cannot use flash or strobe lighting.

About this case: McLynnerd Bond Jr. was arrested in February 2011 and questioned about the 2007 murder of Kadmiel Mahone. After being interviewed for about three hours, Bond admitted that he shot Mahone and was charged with murder. Bond moved to suppress the entire interview, claiming his statement was involuntarily given due to coercive police tactics, including “explicit and repeated promises of a family visit once he confessed;” “repeated promises of a better outcome if he confessed;” and “the proffered alternative of facing a racist criminal justice system if he did not confess.” The trial court, although greatly concerned by and strongly discouraging the “suggestion by (police) that the defendant could not receive a fair and impartial trial,” denied the motion to suppress. The trial court certified its order and the Court of Appeals accepted jurisdiction of Bond’s interlocutory appeal to address whether the statement, in light of the officer’s questioning, was voluntary.

(An interlocutory appeal is one that is argued before a trial court has issued final judgment in the underlying case.)

The Court of Appeals hears oral argument across Indiana to enable Hoosiers to observe the court in action and learn more about its indispensable role in Indiana government. The court has conducted more than 360 “Appeals on Wheels” since its 2000-2001 centennial.

For more information about the court or Appeals on Wheels, please visit



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Contact Information:
Name: Martin DeAgostino
Phone: 317-234-4859
Entry Type:
Press Release
Entry Category:
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  • Category:
  • Government
  • Agency Name
    Courts, Indiana

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