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A state public defender believes the evidence of payments made to a key witness in the Abby Reth- lake murder trials will garner his client a new trial. In the ensuing trials af- ter the shooting death of Rethlake in 2008, multi- ple individuals received severe criminal sentenc- es for their roles in the crime. Amongst them was Michael Yates, who was charged as the get- away driver in the mur- der. With it revealed in a recent Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Com- mission filing that the key witness in those trials re- ceived payments for his testimony, Yates' attorney believes his client could receive a new trial. Indiana state pub- lic defender Mike Sau- er represents Yates in a post-conviction relief fil- ing (PCR) made in 2013. That filing is pending as Yates serves a 165-year sentence for convictions of aiding, inducing, or causing murder; two counts of aiding, induc- ing, or causing attempted murder; and aiding, in- ducing, or causing aggra- vated battery. 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Markland Avenue Kokomo 765-454-5210 Inside: Section C PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID KOKOMO, IN PERMIT NO. 60 **************ECRWSSEDDM************** Residential & Business Customer Summers A7 Murder A9 expires 12/24/18 by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Murder A7 Public defender predicts new trial possible for client's role in Rethlake murder Law professor lays out claims made before Indiana Supreme Court concerning witness payments Harris Summers Yates QUESTION OF THE WEEK Who would receive your vote in the 2019 mayoral elecon: Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight or KPD Captain Kevin Summers Vote in our anonymous poll online at kokomoperspecve.com. You also can nd the poll on our Facebook page, The Kokomo Perspecve. Fronczak Layden As 2018 comes to a close, the Kokomo Perspective looks back at the most influen- tial figures in Howard County over the last year. Some are elected icials, others pub- lic activists, and some may have caused more harm than good. Re- gardless, here are those who snagged headlines in 2018. #10 Malachi Fron- czak One young mans determination to make a difference shined a spotlight on Kokomo and brought a glim- mer of hope to families during dark times. At 6 years old, Mal- achi Fronczak made waves over the last year with Malachis Mag- nificent Lemonade. Through his lemonade sales, the kindergartner launched fund-raising efforts for the families of Hoosier police i- cers killed in the line of duty. Fronczaks fund rais- ing first garnered statewide at- tention in 2 0 1 7 , w h e n S o u t h - port Po- lice De- partment Lt. Aaron Alan was fa- tally shot while on duty. Through Fronczaks lemon- ade stand, he raised $2,000 for Alans family. This year he undertook a similar effort after Boone County Sheriff's De- partment Deputy Jacob Pickett was killed in March. Re- launching Malachis Magnificent Lemonade stand brought in $8,000 for Pickett's family. The lemonade stand returned yet again in October after the death of Terre Haute police icer Rob Pitts. Fron- czak raised around $2,500 this time to bol- ster a fund set up in the icer'smemory. At such a young age, Fronczak showed that anyone can make a difference. The world could definitely use more people like this Kokomo boy. #9 Kathie Layden Northwestern High School girls basketball coach Kathie Layden led the Lady Tigers through a historic sea- son this year. Never before had any NHS girls' team clinched a state cham- pionship, and under Laydens leadership, the Lady Tigers basket- ball team did just that. The teams road to a state championship was paved with victo- ries, with the team fin- ishing the season 29-1. The Lady Tigers main- tained a number-one ranking throughout the year as well. While the champion- ship win was the teams irst, it wasn't Layden's. The coach previously clinched three back- to-back-to-back cham- pionship games with the Tri-Central Lady Trojans, and this years win brought Layden into the history books as well. Shes tied for the number-two spot for state titles won in girls basketball his- tory. She also is just the second girls high school basketball coach in state history to win titles at two different schools, as well as the second-youngest coach in state history to win a championship. #8 Mike Karickhoff This year State Rep. Mike Karickhoff Finalists A3 Karickhoff KPD Newton Summers announces mayoral bid KPD veteran running on the Democratic ticket A former Kokomo Common Council mem- ber and veteran of Ko- komo Police Department announced his intent to run for mayor. Kevin Summers, a cap- tain of KPD, will run on the Democratic ticket and is likely to face offagainst incumbent Mayor Greg Goodnight in the prima- ry. Boasting two decades of service with the de- partment, Summers said his decision to run was motivated by giving vot- ers another option on the Democratic ticket after having heard complaints about the current admin- istration. Theyre extremely upset over the narrow- ing of our streets to the point where its hard to navigate, said Summers. Ive heard everyone from the new drivers to middle-aged folks to se- niors. All you have to look at is all the black marks on the concrete at this point to know that people are very concerned, even to the point of that being a major issue. Summers went on to say he wanted to provide a sympathetic ear in city hall. Basically my platform is to have leadership that listens to our community and our citizens, said Summers. Furthermore, Sum- mers also said he want- ed to provide a voice for city employees, ensuring theyre valued at the highest level of local gov- ernment. I know the comments Ive heard from them is they just want to be val- ued, and they want to be appreciated for the hard work that they do com- ing in every day, said Summers. There again, I just dont think weve go the folks listening to what their concerns and issues

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