The Indiana Supreme Court will review the quadruple murder case of Jeff Pelley.
Last week, the case was presented to the Supreme Court in Indianapolis, and today it was announced that the Court will take over the jurisdiction of the case.
In April, the Indiana Court of Appeals overturned Pelley’s 2006 murder convictions on the ground that he was denied a speedy trial.
Pelley is serving a 160-year prison sentence for the 1989 shotgun murders of four family members in their Lakeville home. At the trial, it was alleged that Pelley killed his father, step-mother and two young step-sisters to avoid being grounded on prom night.
“There could be severe consequences if prosecutors are not able to pursue evidence that may assist in obtaining a conviction if a defendant can challenge it and eventually cry foul over the time courts take to determine the outcome of a challenge,” says Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter, in a press release.
The Indiana Supreme Court will now determine a ruling in the case.