477 S.W.2d 24 (Tex.Crim.App. 1972), 44545, Williams v. State

Docket Nº:44545.
Citation:477 S.W.2d 24
Party Name:Harry Lee WILLIAMS, Appellant, v. The STATE of Texas, Appellee.
Case Date:February 09, 1972
Court:Court of Appeals of Texas, Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas

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477 S.W.2d 24 (Tex.Crim.App. 1972)

Harry Lee WILLIAMS, Appellant,


The STATE of Texas, Appellee.

No. 44545.

Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas.

February 9, 1972

Rehearing Denied March 22, 1972.

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Ben L. Aderholt, Houston (Court Appointed on Appeal), for appellant.

Carol S. Vance, Dist. Atty., James C. Brough and James Skelton, Asst. Dist. Attys., Houston, and Jim D. Vollers, State's Atty., Austin, for the State.



This is an appeal from a conviction for assault with intent to murder with malice aforethought. Following a jury verdict of guilty, the court assessed the punishment at ten years.

The sufficiency of the evidence is challenged.

On May 29, 1970, appellant went to East 7th Street in Houston to see a Mrs. Kay Tolley. Hearing she was not at home, he awaited her return with some of her neighbors. Eventually Mrs. Tolley appeared followed by her landlord (and appellant's former landlord), Ray Neatherlin. Several steps behind them was Bill Stacy, one of Neatherlin's tenants. Appellant appeared nervous, placed his hand in his right pocket and pulled up his trousers. He approached Neatherlin who asked him for money to cover some "hot checks" (apparently for rent) and accused appellant of leaving his apartment dirty. Appellant denied the accusations. Neatherlin told him to either pay his rent or get off his property. Then appellant hit Neatherlin around the neck. During the ensuing fight which lasted several minutes Neatherlin knocked appellant down about three times. Appellant got up each time and "hit" Neatherlin. Then Stacy said: "Ray, look out, I think he's got a knife." Stacy then saw a part of a knife blade in appellant's hand, pulled out a gun and told appellant to drop the knife. Appellant dropped the knife. Stacy then saw that Neatherlin had been "cut all to pieces."

The testimony shows that Neatherlin had been cut in the throat, stabbed in the chest, cut three times over the heart and once in the stomach causing his intestines to hang out. He was taken to the hospital by Stacy where a total of forty-eight stitches were required to repair the cuts.

In his first ground of error, appellant complains that the trial court did not charge the jury on self-defense. Even if the issue of self-defense was raised by the evidence, the matter is not before us for review, because there was no objection in...

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