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February 9, 2013

Appeal denied for man convicted of domestic violence

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — A man convicted for sexually assaulting and holding a woman hostage was denied his appeal for post-conviction relief on Friday.

Louis Townsend, 46, appealed the decision that found him guilty of felonies for criminally deviate behavior and criminal confinement for an incident with a female victim in April 2006, according to court documents.

The state denied Townsend’s appeal and on Friday denied a post-conviction relief appeal. The appeal included a claim by Townsend and his attorney, Dana Childress-Jones, that Townsend received ineffective trial counsel, ineffective appellate counsel and that a post-conviction court erred when it didn’t admit newly discovered evidence, according to the documents.

According to police reports from the incident, Townsend barged into the victim’s house, got into a verbal argument, threatened the victim with violence and sexually assaulted her with a child in the house. The victim had an order of protection against Townsend at the time of the incident.

Townsend’s claim included accusations the court did not enter into evidence a transcription of a video recording of the victim that contained statements inconsistent with her trial testimony, according to court documents.

State appellate attorneys Gregory Zoeller and J.T. Whitehead denied the post-conviction relief appeal, stating the court did not make a mistake in concluding Townsend received effective assistance during the trial.

“Nor did the post-conviction court err when it concluded that Townsend was not entitled to post-trial relief on the basis of newly discovered evidence,” read to court documents submitted by Zoeller.

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