Appeals court overturns teen's murder conspiracy conviction

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

The Indiana Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a Kosciusko County boy who was sent to prison at age 12 for helping to kill his friend's stepfather.

Paul Gingerich was an 80-pound sixth-grader at Wawasee Middle School at the time of the crime. He is now 14 years old and serving a 30-year sentence, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder. That conviction was overturned on Tuesday.

It was argued that Gingerich did not get a fair hearing when his case was waived from juvenile court to adult court, and that the defense did not have the opportunity to contact witnesses or conduct a psychological examination.

The opinion sends the case back to juvenile court, from which Gingerich was waived, for further proceedings.

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