The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 1:00 am


Judge hopefuls have until March

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Candidates to replace retiring Allen Superior Court Judge Nancy Boyer have until March 10 to submit applications to the court's Judicial Nominating Commission. 

The seven-member panel will interview applicants April 8 and 9 and will choose three finalists. Gov. Eric Holcomb will choose Boyer's successor from among the finalists. 

Boyer – the court's longest-tenured judge and its first female judge – announced she will retire in June. Former Gov. Evan Bayh appointed her to the post in 1991. 

Applications are available at and must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. 

Mental test set for accused killer

Doctors will examine a Fort Wayne woman accused of killing her mother.

Kennishewa Whitley, 24, also known as Raina Swopshire, stabbed to death Stacy Jennings, 49, on Dec. 11, police say. Whitley told investigators she awoke to Jennings groping her, and they fought, according to court documents. 

Jeffrey Terrill, Whitley's lawyer, has filed paperwork saying his client used “justifiable reasonable force” and was temporarily insane. Allen Superior Court Judge David Zent said in an order filed last week doctors will be appointed to examine Whitley.

A three-day trial is scheduled to begin May 19. 

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