from Marion Superior Court. The Honorable Kurt M. Eisgruber,
Judge. Cause No. 49G01-1506-MR-21083
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT Kimberly A. Jackson Indianapolis,
ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLEE Gregory F. Zoeller Attorney General of
Indiana Chandra K. Hein Deputy Attorney General Indianapolis,
Barteau, Senior Judge
of the Case
Thomas King appeals his convictions of murder, a felony,
 and possessing a handgun without a
license, a Class A misdemeanor. We affirm.
King raises four issues, which we restate as:
I. Whether the trial court violated King's right to a
II. Whether the trial court abused its discretion in the
course of admitting evidence.
III. Whether the State submitted sufficient evidence to rebut
King's claim of self-defense.
IV. Whether the sentencing order contains errors in need of
correction on remand.
and Procedural History
Thomas King and Michael Mason were acquaintances and had
socialized in the past. Mason's brother and King lived in
the same apartment complex in Marion County. Mason had a back
condition and carried prescription pain medication with him.
He usually lived with his mother, but on June 12, 2015, he
went to stay at his brother's apartment. On the afternoon
of June 13, 2015, King, Mason, and Mason's brother were
seen together at King's apartment.
Luis Corrales and his family lived in an apartment across the
hall from King's apartment. Corrales knew King and
considered him a friend. Earlier in the day on June 13, 2015,
King had knocked on the door to Corrales' apartment
several times and demanded money and pills. He repeatedly
said people in Corrales' apartment owed him sixty
dollars. King's speech was slurred and his eyes
"were barely open." Tr. p. 107. Corrales felt
threatened. Corrales' fiancée, Donna Greggs,
perceived King to be drunk and had seen him consume a pill,
Klonopin, earlier that day. To her, King appeared "angry
and aggressive." Id. at 138.
Later that day, Mason and his brother left the apartment
complex to drink alcohol with friends, and then they
returned. Mason was drunk. He went to King's apartment
while his brother went to his own apartment to call their
mother and to see his girlfriend. After finishing the call,
Mason's brother walked toward the building where King
lived. As he opened the door to the building, Mason's
brother heard a gunshot, followed by a thud, coming from
King's apartment. He ran back to his girlfriend, and they
called his mother and the police.
Meanwhile, Corrales was resting in his apartment when he
heard a gunshot. Next, he heard a knock at his front door.
Corrales opened the door and saw King standing there with a
handgun tucked into his pants. Corrales recognized the gun,
having fired it before. King told Corrales that he had
"just shot a man and he wanted us to say it was self
defense and - and to hide the gun for him." Id.
at 96. King elaborated that he wanted Corrales to say
"the guy tried to rob him." Id. Corrales
did not see any signs of injury on King, and King's
clothes were not disheveled.
Greggs and Dorothy Wininger were also at the door, standing
behind Corrales. Greggs heard King say he had just shot
someone in the head and wanted Corrales to hold his gun.
Wininger saw the gun and also heard King ask Corrales to hold
it for him. King seemed calm to Greggs and Wininger. Wininger
told Corrales not to take the gun, so he closed the door.
Corrales, Greggs, and Wininger heard King leave the apartment
After King left, Corrales went into the apartment across the
hall. There were no signs of a struggle. He saw what was
later identified as Mason's corpse, checked for a pulse
and, finding none, went back to his apartment. As he stood on
his apartment's balcony, Corrales saw King returning to
the building from across the street. King did not have the
gun and was on the phone, talking with a 911 dispatcher. To
Corrales, King appeared "calm and collected."
Id. at 102.
Meanwhile, Officer David Miedema of the Indianapolis
Metropolitan Police Department (the IMPD) and several other
officers were dispatched to the apartment building to
investigate a reported shooting. Miedema encountered King,
who was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher but hung up when
he saw Miedema. King appeared "very calm, easy to
understand." Id. at 155. Miedema did not see
any signs of injury on King, and King's clothes were not
disheveled. King stated that two men had tried to rob him, so
he shot one of them and the other ran off. He led the officer
to his apartment and gestured inside, where Miedema saw
Mason's corpse on the floor. King did not ...