Glass v. State, No. 47264

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Mississippi
Writing for the CourtINZER; GILLESPIE
Citation278 So.2d 384
PartiesWillie Edd GLASS v. STATE of Mississippi.
Decision Date14 May 1973
Docket NumberNo. 47264

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278 So.2d 384
Willie Edd GLASS
v.
STATE of Mississippi.
No. 47264.
Supreme Court of Mississippi.
May 14, 1973.

Fair & Mayo, Gene Stringer, Louisville, for appellant.

A. F. Summer, Atty. Gen. by Billy L. Gore, Sp. Asst. Atty. Gen., Jackson, for appellee.

INZER, Justice:

Appellant, Willie Edd Glass was indicted by the Grand Jury of Winston County for the crime of murder in the killing of Ronnie Nance. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to serve a term of fifteen years at the State Penitentiary. From this conviction and sentence he appeals. We affirm.

On Saturday night November 21, 1970, at about nine o'clock the body of Ronnie

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Nance was found lying in the road near McMillan Switch in Winston County. Dr. John Crawford was called to the scene and he testified that he found a man identified as Ronnie Nance lying face up beside a truck on the driver's side. The first thing he observed was that the man was dead. Upon examination of the body he saw no evidence of trauma, but when the body was turned over, he discovered a large opening in the lower right back between the middle and lower ribs. The doctor stated that it was evident that the man was killed by a shotgun and that the shot went upward and inward. There were powder burns around the wound.

The truck was examined by one of the officers and he found that there was some blood on the back of the seat on the driver's side. No identification was found on the body, but $52 was found in the left front shirt pocket of the deceased.

Helen Ruth Horton testified on behalf of the state that on the night of November 21, 1970, Willie Glass came running up to the house where she was staying. He was out of breath and had a shotgun in his hand and blood on his shirt. He put the gun in the corner of the room and burned his shirt in the fireplace. She said that appellant called her and Vera Lee Goss, who was in the house at that time, into the back room and told them what happened. She said that he told them that this man would not let him out of the truck and they got into it and he shot him. On cross examination she stated that Willie Glass had been living there in the house with her about a month. The house with her grandfather, Elijah Miller, and he was letting her and her sister stay there. In response to questions propounded by counsel for appellant, Mrs. Horton said that appellant told her that he and the man were scuffling, the man grabbed the gun, he (Glass) grabbed it away from him, and it accidentally shot him. She also testified that later appellant got the gun and put it in the loft of the house and the next day appellant took the gun and threw it into the briar patch behind the house.

Vera Lee Goss testified that she was at Mrs. Horton's house on the evening in question when Willie Glass came into the house. He had blood on his shirt and when she asked him what the blood was doing on his shirt, he called them into the back room and told them he had killed this man, but he did not mean to do it. He said that the man wanted him to go to McCool with him, but he did not go. He told them that when they got almost home, the man speeded up and would not let him out. When they got to the bridge, the man stopped and got out of the truck. The man then reached back and got the gun, and he (appellant) got the gun away from him and killed him. On cross examination she said Willie appeared to be frightened, and he told them that Mr. Nance said he had a few things against him, like he was supposed to get him a woman and would not work for him. Mr. Nance then reached for the gun, appellant got the gun away from him, and the shooting was an accident.

Mrs. Ronnie Nance, wife of the decedent, was allowed to testify over the objection of the appellant that in March 1971 she saw appellant working on the Winston County Courthouse lawn. No one else was present, so she stopped and asked him if Ronnie lived very long after he was shot. Appellant told her he thought he was dead before he left, and he just took the gun and billfold and ran because he was scared. On cross examination she said the conversation with appellant took place on the side of the lawn. No one else was present, although she did learn later that one of the deputies was upstairs in the courthouse watching Willie.

Mr. George Woodward, an investigator with the Highway Patrol, testified that he conducted an investigation of the shooting. After appellant had been arrested, he and the deputy sheriff went on two occasions to the house where Willie stayed. The

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first time they had a warrant to search the house, but found nothing in the house. Two days later they went back to the house, and no one was there except Elijah Miller, the owner of the premises. Miller gave them permission to search the outside of the house. They found a shotgun 'in a wooded area just back of the house in a honeysuckle patch.' The shotgun was introduced in evidence over the objection of the appellant.

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  • Puckett v. State, No. 96-DP-00867-SCT.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Mississippi
    • 25 Marzo 1999
    ...State. The State must be given the benefit of all favorable inferences that may reasonably be drawn from the evidence. Glass v. State, 278 So.2d 384, 386 (Miss.1973). If the facts and inferences so considered point in favor of the defendant with sufficient force that reasonable men could no......
  • Pinkney v. State, No. DP-76
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Mississippi
    • 14 Diciembre 1988
    ...from the evidence. Hammond v. State, 465 So.2d 1031, 1035 (Miss.1985); May v. State, 460 So.2d 778, 781 (Miss.1984); Glass v. State, 278 So.2d 384, 386 (Miss.1973). Matters regarding the weight and credibility to be accorded the evidence are to be resolved by the jury. Neal v. State, 451 So......
  • Hughes v. State, No. 97-DP-00028-SCT.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Mississippi
    • 31 Marzo 1999
    ...Wetz v. State, 503 So.2d 803, 807-08 (Miss.1987) and McClain v. State, 625 So.2d 774, 778 (Miss.1993)); Glass v. State, 278 So.2d 384, 386 (Miss. ¶ 175. As this Court has explained, circumstantial evidence is sufficient to sustain a kidnapping charge: Mississippi's kidnapping statute makes ......
  • Fleming v. State, No. 89-KA-276
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Mississippi
    • 17 Junio 1992
    ...The State must also be given the benefit of all favorable inferences that may reasonably be drawn from the evidence. Glass v. State, 278 So.2d 384, 386 (Miss.1973). If the facts and inferences so considered point in favor of the defendant with sufficient force that reasonable men could not ......
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91 cases
  • Puckett v. State, No. 96-DP-00867-SCT.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Mississippi
    • 25 Marzo 1999
    ...State. The State must be given the benefit of all favorable inferences that may reasonably be drawn from the evidence. Glass v. State, 278 So.2d 384, 386 (Miss.1973). If the facts and inferences so considered point in favor of the defendant with sufficient force that reasonable men could no......
  • Pinkney v. State, No. DP-76
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Mississippi
    • 14 Diciembre 1988
    ...from the evidence. Hammond v. State, 465 So.2d 1031, 1035 (Miss.1985); May v. State, 460 So.2d 778, 781 (Miss.1984); Glass v. State, 278 So.2d 384, 386 (Miss.1973). Matters regarding the weight and credibility to be accorded the evidence are to be resolved by the jury. Neal v. State, 451 So......
  • Hughes v. State, No. 97-DP-00028-SCT.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Mississippi
    • 31 Marzo 1999
    ...Wetz v. State, 503 So.2d 803, 807-08 (Miss.1987) and McClain v. State, 625 So.2d 774, 778 (Miss.1993)); Glass v. State, 278 So.2d 384, 386 (Miss. ¶ 175. As this Court has explained, circumstantial evidence is sufficient to sustain a kidnapping charge: Mississippi's kidnapping statute makes ......
  • Fleming v. State, No. 89-KA-276
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Mississippi
    • 17 Junio 1992
    ...The State must also be given the benefit of all favorable inferences that may reasonably be drawn from the evidence. Glass v. State, 278 So.2d 384, 386 (Miss.1973). If the facts and inferences so considered point in favor of the defendant with sufficient force that reasonable men could not ......
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