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COA Upholds Admission of Fingerprint Evidence in Delinquency Case - Criminal Justice News

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Posted on: Apr 20, 2018

A Marion County teen will retain his delinquent adjudications for felony theft and robbery after the Indiana Court of Appeals determined the trial court properly admitted fingerprint evidence tying the teen to the crimes in question.

In K.K. v. State of Indiana, 49A02-1710-JV-2274, Jesus Morales returned to his Marion County home in November 2016 and found it in disarray, with jewelry, a television and electronic gaming systems missing. After the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department recovered fingerprints from the scene, a search of Indiana’s statewide fingerprint database identified the prints as belonging to 16-year-old K.K.

The state filed a delinquency petition against K.K., alleging he had committed acts that would be Level 4 felony burglary and Level 6 felony theft if committed by an adult. At a subsequent denial hearing, K.K. objected to the admission of fingerprint evidence made after the petition was filed, arguing the prints found in the database were illegally obtained and retained. He based his objection on IMPD testimony that its latent print examiner had “absolutely no knowledge” as to why K.K. was originally printed and entered into the database.

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This article was submitted by Natalie K. Carpenter, Marion County Prosecutor's Office. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Criminal Justice Section, please email Kara Sikorski at


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