INDIANAPOLIS | An East Chicago man received a fair trial and was not acting in self-defense when he shot another East Chicago man in the back of the head, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
Julius Solis, 22, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter last year for the May 3, 2009, shooting death of Alonzo Cavazos, 31, outside Cavazos' father's house in the 4800 block of Walsh Avenue.
In his appeal, Solis claimed the trial court should have declared a mistrial when a witness testified to a prior confrontation between Solis and Cavazos. According to Cavazos' relatives, Solis believed Cavazos was responsible for Solis' brother's death six months prior to the shooting.
Solis also argued autopsy photographs should not have been shown at trial and claimed to have been acting in self-defense.
In a 3-0 decision, the appeals court rejected each of Solis' arguments and ruled the trial was fair. The court also affirmed Solis' 30-year prison term.