Commonwealth v. Byrd, 2

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM
Citation269 Pa. 179,112 A. 457
Decision Date14 February 1921
Docket Number2
PartiesCommonwealth v. Byrd, Appellant

112 A. 457

Byrd, Appellant

269 Pa. 179

No. 2

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

February 14, 1921

Argued: January 3, 1921

Appeal, No. 2, May T., 1921, by defendant, from judgment of O. & T. Dauphin Co., June T., 1920, No. 46, on verdict of murder of the first degree, in case of Commonwealth v. Charles Byrd, alias Willie Palmer. Affirmed.

Indictment for murder. Before HENRY, P.J., specially presiding.

The opinion of the Supreme Court states the facts.

Verdict, murder of the first degree, on which sentence of death was passed. Defendant appealed.

Error assigned, inter alia, was refusal of new trial, quoting record.

The assignments of error are overruled, the judgment is affirmed, and the record is remitted for the purpose of execution.

Mark T. Milnor, with him Maurice R. Metzger, for appellant.

Philip S. Moyer, District Attorney, for appellee.




Defendant has appealed from a sentence of death, on a conviction of murder in the first degree; he assigns for error only the final judgment and the refusal of the court below to grant him a new trial.

[269 Pa. 180] We have read the testimony; it plainly shows that the issues involved were for the jury; and the manner in which they were submitted is not formally complained of. Since the opinion of the learned court below fully covers the case, we affirm on the following excerpts therefrom:

"Defendant and Duff Haygood lived in a workmen's camp at Locust Grove, near Steelton. Haygood was a janitor at this camp. On the night of November 13, 1918, there was some trouble . . . between a man named Jolly and defendant, in which Haygood took part. Defendant claimed that he was struck by Jolly and Haygood on this occasion, and that Haygood then said that, if defendant were large enough to fight, he, Haygood, would cut his throat. Defendant also testified that Jolly and Haygood followed him to another shanty and made an assault upon him; that he passed Haygood the following night, when neither spoke and nothing occurred. On the night of November 15th both were in the pool room, and defendant left, according to his story, going to his own room, and, returning shortly thereafter, met Haygood and a man named Slim Evans. The witnesses for the Commonwealth testified that Haygood said nothing and offered no violence toward defendant, but that defendant, without...

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  • Commonwealth v. Priest, 466
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
    • 6 February 1922
    ...District Attorney, with him Samuel P. Rotan, District Attorney, for Commonwealth, cited: Com. v. Diaco, 268 Pa. 305; Com. v. Byrd, 269 Pa. 179. Before MOSCHZISKER, C.J., FRAZER, WALLING, SIMPSON, KEPHART, SADLER and SCHAFFER, JJ. OPINION [272 Pa. 550] MR. JUSTICE FRAZER: Defendant was convi......
  • Commonwealth v. Byrd
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
    • 14 February 1921
    ... 112 A. 457 COMMONWEALTH v. BYRD. Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Feb. 14, 1921. 112 A. 457 Appeal from Court of Oyer and Terminer, Dauphin County; C. V. Henry, President Judge. Charles Byrd, alias Willie Palmer, was sentenced to death on conviction of murder in the first degree, and he appe......

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