Allbritten v. State, No. 773S141

Docket NºNo. 773S141
Citation317 N.E.2d 854, 262 Ind. 452
Case DateOctober 28, 1974
CourtSupreme Court of Indiana

Page 854

317 N.E.2d 854
262 Ind. 452
Peter Duane ALLBRITTEN, Appellant,
v.
STATE of Indiana, Appellee.
No. 773S141.
Supreme Court of Indiana.
Oct. 28, 1974.

[262 Ind. 453]

Page 855

Harriette Bailey Conn, Public Defender, Mark McNeely, Deputy Public Defender, Indianapolis, for appellant.

Theodore L. Sendak, Atty. Gen., Robert S. Spear, Deputy Atty. Gen., Indianapolis, for appellee.

ARTERBURN, Chief Justice.

Appellant was convicted of the kidnapping and rape of a four and a half year old girl. He was granted leave to file this Belated Appeal. Rule P.C. 2(2). His first contention is that as to the charge of rape the evidence was insufficient to prove the necessary element of penetration. Ritchie v. State, (1963) 243 Ind. 614, 189 N.E.2d 575; Ketcham v. State, (1959) 240 Ind. 107, 162 N.E.2d 247. The fact-finder may infer penetration from circumstantial evidence such as the physical condition of the victim soon after the incident. Weaver v. State, (1963) 243 Ind. 560, 187 N.E.2d 485. And of course, this court will not weigh the evidence nor judge the credibility of witnesses. Instead, we will look to that evidence most favorable to the State and the reasonable inferences to be drawn therefrom. The judgment of the fact-finder will be affirmed if, from that point of view, there is substantial evidence of probative value from which the trier of fact could reasonably infer that the appellant was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Blackburn v. State, (1973) Ind., 291 N.E.2d 686, and cases cited therein. Furthermore, it is well-settled that in proving rape proof of the slightest degree of penetration is sufficient. Mooney v. State, (1959) 246 Ind. 570, 207 N.E.2d 623; Taylor [262 Ind. 454] v. State, (1887) 111 Ind. 279, 12 N.E. 400. Thus, it is sufficient here to recite that a post-abduction medical examination of the victim revealed 'considerable injury to the vulva and outer portion of the vagina.' From this evidence alone it was not unreasonable for the jury to infer that penetration had occurred.

Appellant's other contention is that his Sixth Amendment right of confrontation was denied in three different instances; namely, when a police officer testified that a mug shot of the Appellant had been identified by a victim of an earlier rape; when a police officer testified that an anonymous phone call had focused the police investigation on Appellant; lastly, the right to confrontation is said to have been violated because the victim did not...

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23 practice notes
  • Rowan v. State, No. 380S76
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • March 5, 1982
    ...settled that our standard in cases of rape is that proof of the slightest degree of penetration is sufficient. Allbritten v. State, (1974) 262 Ind. 452, 317 N.E.2d 854; Garr v. State, (1974) 262 Ind. 134, 312 N.E.2d 70; Mooney v. State, (1965) 246 Ind. 570, 207 N.E.2d 623. The fact-finder m......
  • State v. Gilbert, No. 82-1061
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wisconsin
    • November 30, 1982
    ...State, 240 Ind. 107, 162 N.E.2d 247 (1959). See also, Grabowski v. State, 126 Wis. 447, 451-52, 105 N.W. 805 (1905); Allbritten v. State, 262 Ind. 452, 317 N.E.2d 854, 855 22 Parker, The Rights of Child Witnesses: Is the Court a Protector or Perpetrator, 17 New Eng.L.Rev. 643 (1982). 23 Hel......
  • Lehiy v. State, No. 50A03-8601-CR-30
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • December 8, 1986
    ...in aggressive attitude present in both crimes. However, the prosecution was for child molesting not rape. Allbritten v. State (1974), 262 Ind. 452, 317 N.E.2d 854 involved a rape charge, but it was a rape of a four and a half year old. The issue before the Supreme Court involved the proprie......
  • Brown v. State, No. 181S13
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • December 29, 1982
    ...that proof of the slightest degree of penetration is sufficient. Rowan v. State, (1982) Ind., 431 N.E.2d 805; Allbritten v. State, (1974) 262 Ind. 452, 317 N.E.2d 854. The fact finder may infer penetration from circumstantial evidence such as the physical condition of the victim soon after ......
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23 cases
  • Rowan v. State, No. 380S76
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • March 5, 1982
    ...settled that our standard in cases of rape is that proof of the slightest degree of penetration is sufficient. Allbritten v. State, (1974) 262 Ind. 452, 317 N.E.2d 854; Garr v. State, (1974) 262 Ind. 134, 312 N.E.2d 70; Mooney v. State, (1965) 246 Ind. 570, 207 N.E.2d 623. The fact-finder m......
  • State v. Gilbert, No. 82-1061
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wisconsin
    • November 30, 1982
    ...State, 240 Ind. 107, 162 N.E.2d 247 (1959). See also, Grabowski v. State, 126 Wis. 447, 451-52, 105 N.W. 805 (1905); Allbritten v. State, 262 Ind. 452, 317 N.E.2d 854, 855 22 Parker, The Rights of Child Witnesses: Is the Court a Protector or Perpetrator, 17 New Eng.L.Rev. 643 (1982). 23 Hel......
  • Lehiy v. State, No. 50A03-8601-CR-30
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • December 8, 1986
    ...in aggressive attitude present in both crimes. However, the prosecution was for child molesting not rape. Allbritten v. State (1974), 262 Ind. 452, 317 N.E.2d 854 involved a rape charge, but it was a rape of a four and a half year old. The issue before the Supreme Court involved the proprie......
  • Brown v. State, No. 181S13
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • December 29, 1982
    ...that proof of the slightest degree of penetration is sufficient. Rowan v. State, (1982) Ind., 431 N.E.2d 805; Allbritten v. State, (1974) 262 Ind. 452, 317 N.E.2d 854. The fact finder may infer penetration from circumstantial evidence such as the physical condition of the victim soon after ......
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