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Tuesday, February 11, 2020 11:51 am

Appeals court upholds conviction in 2017 stabbing

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Fort Wayne man who badly injured his cousin in a stabbing nearly three years ago. 

Willie Vertison, 45, was convicted last year of aggravated battery and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He appealed, questioning whether prosecutors presented sufficient evidence to convict him at trial. 

Appeals court judges sided with the trial court in a decision filed today. 

"We conclude the evidence is sufficient to sustain Vertison's conviction for aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony," the decision authored by Judge Margret Robb says. Judges Robert Altice and Cale Bradford concurred. 

Vertison stabbed Videl Peaches 12 times April 16, 2017. The men were drinking and argued, according to court documents.

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