Bullard v. State, No. 30441

Docket NºNo. 30441
Citation195 N.E.2d 856, 245 Ind. 190
Case DateFebruary 03, 1964
CourtSupreme Court of Indiana

Page 856

195 N.E.2d 856
245 Ind. 190
William Alfred BULLARD, Jr., Appellant,
v.
The STATE of Indiana, Appellee.
No. 30441.
Supreme Court of Indiana.
Feb. 3, 1964.

[245 Ind. 191] Warren R. Everett, Terre Haute, for appellant.

Edwin K. Steers, Atty. Gen., David S. Wedding, Deputy Atty. Gen., for appellee.

ARTERBURN, Judge.

The appellant was charged with murder in the first degree and upon trial, a verdict was [245 Ind. 192] returned of guilty of murder in the second degree. The defendant appeals and the sole ground therefor is the specification that the verdict of the jury is not sustained by sufficient evidence and is contrary to law. This requires a review of the evidence submitted and a consideration thereof in light of the principle that on review we may consider only the evidence most favorable to the sustaining of the trial court's judgment. Tait v. State (1963), Ind., 188 N.E.2d 537.

In doing so, we may not weigh the evidence nor determine the credibility of witnesses. Myers v. State (1960), 240 Ind. 641, 168 N.E.2d 220; Denson v. State (1960), 240 Ind. 324, 163 N.E.2d 749.

The record here reveals that the appellant and the decedent, Alphaeus Larvere Boyd, engaged in an altercation in the early hours of the night of December 18, 1962 at an American Legion post in Vigo County, Indiana. Two or three fights involving other persons had occurred at the place during the night. The decedent apparently started the fight by taking the defendant what he had said to witness Linda Turner. The evidence is that the deceased struck the defendant first and they were striking each other with their fists when several men rushed into the affray and separated the combatants. The fight was broken up. Both fighters regained their feet and the defendant then called the decedent a filthy name. The appellant says the decedent then started towards him with his fists doubled up. All other witnesses are silent as to any threatening gestures made by the decedent after the fight was stopped. It was at this time the defendant drew the gun from his pants pocket and fired point blank at the decedent who was standing within a few feet of him, mortally [245 Ind. 193] wounding the decedent. Thereafter the bystanders took the gun away from the appellant and he was later arrested and charged with the offense of murder in the first degree. It is contended that the appellant was acting in self-defense.

The appellant states that he understood that the decedent had...

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  • White v. State, No. 867S74
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • August 22, 1968
    ...harm, or in such apparent danger as caused him in good faith to fear death or great bodily harm. Bullard v. State (1964), 245 Ind. 190, 195 N.E.2d 856, Rehearing Denied 197 N.E.2d 295; Hightire v. State (1966), Ind., 213 N.E.2d The burden is upon the State to show that defendant does not me......
  • Nuss v. State, No. 1--874A123
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • June 5, 1975
    ...harm, or in such apparent danger as caused him in good faith to fear death or great bodily harm. Bullard v. State (1964), 245 Ind. 190, 195 N.E.2d 856, 197 N.E.2d 295; Hightire v. State (1966), 248 Ind. 164, 213 N.E.2d 707. The burden is upon the State to show that defendant does not Page 7......
  • Woods v. State, No. 2--1173A250
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • December 9, 1974
    ...harm, or in such apparent danger as caused him in good faith to fear death or great bodily harm. Bullard v. State (1964), 245 Ind. 190, 195 N.E.2d 856, 197 N.E.2d 295; Hightire v. State (1966), (247) Ind. (164), 213 N.E.2d 707. The burden is upon the State to show that defendant does not me......
  • Helms v. State, No. 31140
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • October 30, 1968
    ...harm, or in such apparent danger as caused him in good faith to fear death or great bodily harm. Bullard v. State (1964), 245 Ind. 190, 195 N.E.2d 856, 197 N.E.2d 295; Hightire v. State (1966), Ind., 213 N.E.2d 707. The burden is upon the State to show that defendant does not meet one or mo......
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  • White v. State, No. 867S74
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • August 22, 1968
    ...harm, or in such apparent danger as caused him in good faith to fear death or great bodily harm. Bullard v. State (1964), 245 Ind. 190, 195 N.E.2d 856, Rehearing Denied 197 N.E.2d 295; Hightire v. State (1966), Ind., 213 N.E.2d The burden is upon the State to show that defendant does not me......
  • Nuss v. State, No. 1--874A123
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • June 5, 1975
    ...harm, or in such apparent danger as caused him in good faith to fear death or great bodily harm. Bullard v. State (1964), 245 Ind. 190, 195 N.E.2d 856, 197 N.E.2d 295; Hightire v. State (1966), 248 Ind. 164, 213 N.E.2d 707. The burden is upon the State to show that defendant does not Page 7......
  • Woods v. State, No. 2--1173A250
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • December 9, 1974
    ...harm, or in such apparent danger as caused him in good faith to fear death or great bodily harm. Bullard v. State (1964), 245 Ind. 190, 195 N.E.2d 856, 197 N.E.2d 295; Hightire v. State (1966), (247) Ind. (164), 213 N.E.2d 707. The burden is upon the State to show that defendant does not me......
  • Helms v. State, No. 31140
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • October 30, 1968
    ...harm, or in such apparent danger as caused him in good faith to fear death or great bodily harm. Bullard v. State (1964), 245 Ind. 190, 195 N.E.2d 856, 197 N.E.2d 295; Hightire v. State (1966), Ind., 213 N.E.2d 707. The burden is upon the State to show that defendant does not meet one or mo......
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