Henderson v. State, 375S64

Citation343 N.E.2d 776, 264 Ind. 334
Case DateMarch 24, 1976
CourtSupreme Court of Indiana

Page 776

343 N.E.2d 776
264 Ind. 334
Edward L. HENDERSON, Appellant (Defendant below),
STATE of Indiana, Appellee (Plaintiff below).
No. 375S64.
Supreme Court of Indiana.
March 24, 1976.

[264 Ind. 335] Steven R. Crist, Thomas J. Hall, Singleton, Levy & Crist, Highland, for appellant.

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

Page 777

HUNTER, Justice.

Edward L. Henderson appeals his conviction of first degree murder arising from the fatal shooting of Calvin Jones. His appeal presents two questions: first, whether the verdict is contrary to law; and second, whether the doctrine of transferred intent was applicable in the case at bar.


In reviewing the sufficiency of the evidence, we are constrained to consider that which is most favorable to the state, together with all reasonable and logical inferences to be drawn from the evidence. When there is substantial evidence of probative value supporting the jury's verdict, the conviction will not be set aside. Williams v. State, (1969) 252 Ind. 154, 246 N.E.2d 762. A conviction for first degree murder requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt of the purposeful and premeditated killing of another human being.

About 8:30 p.m. on the evening of July 24, 1973, Brady Hutson and the decedent were repairing the tail lights on a vehicle belonging to Sandra Hutson, Brady's sister. Another sister, Gayle Hutson, came storming up, closely followed by the appellant. It seems there had been a lover's spat between appellant and Gayle, and it was not over yet, for appellant grabbed Gayle by the arm. Brady told appellant to let go of [264 Ind. 336] her arm. Appellant did so and left. A few minutes later, Brady went up to his apartment and found the appellant there with Gayle and Artice Hutson, their father. Brady, who was larger than appellant, told him, 'If you think you are bad enough to keep pulling on my sister's arm, come downstairs and start pulling on me.' Brady went outside. At one of his sisters' request, he and the decedent went for a ride. Appellant left the apartment and Gayle went across the street to her sister's apartment where she called the Gary Police, because she was afraid something might happen. After an hour or so, Brady and Calvin Jones returned to the apartment parking lot where they remained in the car listening to the radio. In the words of Brady, 'Then a big hole came through my windshield . . . on the driver's side.' Brady looked out and saw the appellant standing with a rifle in his hand and heard the appellant say, 'All right, since you think you are so bad, let's get it on.' On cross-examination, Brady was asked whether he saw appellant fire the rifle. Brady replied, 'While he was holding the rifle somebody was shooting at my car. I will put it that way.' Calvin Jones was taken to the hospital and treated for wounds to the head, neck and chest. He languished and died for days later. Medical cause of death was established as a softening of brain tissue resulting from the head wound.

A. Cause of Death

Appellant alleges that there was 'no evidence of any act (by him) which resulted in the death of Calvin Jones.' Appellant points to the failure of the state to recover the death...

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