Holt v. Territory Oklahoma

CourtSupreme Court of Oklahoma
Writing for the CourtBIERER, J.
Citation43 P. 1083,4 Okla. 76,1896 OK 14
Decision Date13 February 1896
PartiesWILLIAM A. HOLT v. THE TERRITORY OF OKLAHOMA.

1896 OK 14
43 P. 1083
4 Okla. 76

WILLIAM A. HOLT
v.
THE TERRITORY OF OKLAHOMA.

Supreme Court of Oklahoma

Decided: February 13, 1896


Error from the District Court of Kingfisher County.

The defendant was indicted by the grand jury of Kingfisher county, charged with the murder of one William Fowler in that county on the 12th day of July, 1894, and on trial before the jury he was convicted and his punishment fixed by the jury at imprisonment at hard labor for life. Judgment was rendered accordingly upon the verdict, from which judgment the defendant appeals. Reversed.

Syllabus

¶0 MURDER--Indictment for, Insufficiency of. An indictment which charged the making of an assault upon the deceased with premeditated malice and intent to kill, and which charged the shooting, striking and penetrating and the mortally wounding of the deceased, all with the deliberate and premeditated malice of the defendant, is insufficient to sustain a conviction for murder. To be sufficient it must charge that the unlawful acts by which the homicide was perpetrated, and the killing itself, were all done with the premeditated design or intention to effect the death of the deceased.

A. J. Jones and D. K. Cunningham, for plaintiff in error.

C. A. Galbraith, Attorney General, and J. B. Moffett, for the territory.

BIERER, J.:

¶1 The defendant claims that he was erroneously convicted and sentenced for the commission of the crime of murder, and he alleges error in fifty-eight different assignments; the most important question presented, and the one which is always entitled to primary consideration, being as to the sufficiency of the indictment to sustain the conviction had and the judgment entered.

¶2 The indictment, which was returned to the district court of Kingfisher county on October 12, 1894, and on which the defendant was convicted and sentenced for murder, is as follows:

"In the District Court, Fifth Judicial District, sitting in and for Kingfisher County, Oklahoma Territory.

"Territory of Oklahoma v. William Holt.

"INDICTMENT FOR MURDER.

"Territory of Oklahoma, Kingfisher County, ss:

"In the district court, Fifth judicial district, sitting in and for Kingfisher county, Oklahoma Territory, in the October term, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-four.

"The grand jurors, being duly empanneled and sworn, in and for said county, in the name and by the authority of the Territory of Oklahoma, upon their oaths do present and find:

"That William Holt, on the 12th day of July, A. D. 1894, in Kingfisher county, Oklahoma Territory, then and there being, did then and there in and upon one William Fowler, wilfully, unlawfully, purposely, feloniously and of his deliberate and premeditated malice, make and assault, with intent him, the said William Fowler, wilfully, unlawfully, purposely, feloniously and of his deliberate and premeditated malice, to kill and murder, and that the said William Holt, a certain shotgun then and there charged with gunpowder and leaden bullets, which the said shotgun he, the said William Holt, in his hands then and there had and held, then and there, wilfully, unlawfully, purposely and of his deliberate and premeditated malice did discharge and shoot off, to, at, against and upon the left side of the said William Fowler, and that the said William Holt, with the leaden bullets aforesaid, out of the shotgun aforesaid, then and there by force of the gunpowder aforesaid, by the said William Holt, discharged and shot off, as aforesaid, then and there wilfully, unlawfully, purposely, feloniously and of his deliberate and premeditated malice did strike, penetrate and wound, with the intent aforesaid, thereby then and there, giving to the said William Fowler, in and upon the left side of the body of him, the said William Fowler, then and there with the said bullets aforesaid, so as aforesaid discharged and shot out of the gun aforesaid, by the force of the gunpowder aforesaid, by the said William Holt, in and upon the left side of him, the said William Fowler, one mortal wound, of which mortal wound he, the said William Fowler, then and there died, and so the Grand Jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the said William Holt, him the said William Fowler, wilfully, unlawfully, purposely, feloniously and of his deliberate and premeditated malice, did kill and murder.

"Contrary to the statute in such case made and provided and against the peace and dignity of the Territory of Oklahoma."

¶3 It is claimed that this indictment is insufficient because it does not charge that the killing of the deceased by the defendant was done...

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  • State v. Webb
    • United States
    • Idaho Supreme Court
    • January 20, 1899
    ...a legal presumption. This intent must be specifically and directly averred as a part of the description of the offense. (Holt v. Territory, 4 Okla. 76, 43 P. 1083; Chappell v. State, 52 Ala. 359; State v. Dolan, 17 Wash. 499, 50 P. 472; Blanton v. State, 1 Wash. 265, 24 P. 439; Maxwell's Cr......
  • State v. Shuff
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Idaho
    • May 28, 1903
    ...of this contention he calls our attention to 10 Ency. of Pl. & Pr. 124; State v. Metcalf, 17 Mont. 417, 43 P. 182; Holt v. Territory, 4 Okla. 76, 43 P. 1083; State v. Brown, 21 Kan. 38; People v. O'Callaghan, 2 Idaho 156, 9 P. 414; Leonard v. Territory, 2 Wash. Terr. 381, 7 P. 872; Kain......
  • Perkins v. Territory Oklahoma
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Oklahoma
    • September 5, 1900
    ...plaintiff in error cite the court to the case of Jewell v. The Territory of Oklahoma, 4 Okla. 53, 43 P. 1075, and Holt v. The Territory, 4 Okla. 76, 43 P. 1083, and a number of other authorities. We think an examination of these cases will show that they are not analogous to the case at bar......
  • Wright v. Territory Oklahoma
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Oklahoma
    • February 12, 1897
    ...were perpetrated by the accused with the premeditated design, or intent, to effect the death of the person killed. (Holt v. Territory, 4 Okla. 76, 43 P. 1083; Jewell v. Territory, 4 Okla. 53, 43 P. 1075.) The charging part of said indictment is in the following language: "That Wesley W......
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  • State v. Webb
    • United States
    • Idaho Supreme Court
    • January 20, 1899
    ...a legal presumption. This intent must be specifically and directly averred as a part of the description of the offense. (Holt v. Territory, 4 Okla. 76, 43 P. 1083; Chappell v. State, 52 Ala. 359; State v. Dolan, 17 Wash. 499, 50 P. 472; Blanton v. State, 1 Wash. 265, 24 P. 439; Maxwell's Cr......
  • State v. Shuff
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Idaho
    • May 28, 1903
    ...of this contention he calls our attention to 10 Ency. of Pl. & Pr. 124; State v. Metcalf, 17 Mont. 417, 43 P. 182; Holt v. Territory, 4 Okla. 76, 43 P. 1083; State v. Brown, 21 Kan. 38; People v. O'Callaghan, 2 Idaho 156, 9 P. 414; Leonard v. Territory, 2 Wash. Terr. 381, 7 P. 872; Kain......
  • Perkins v. Territory Oklahoma
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Oklahoma
    • September 5, 1900
    ...plaintiff in error cite the court to the case of Jewell v. The Territory of Oklahoma, 4 Okla. 53, 43 P. 1075, and Holt v. The Territory, 4 Okla. 76, 43 P. 1083, and a number of other authorities. We think an examination of these cases will show that they are not analogous to the case at bar......
  • Wright v. Territory Oklahoma
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Oklahoma
    • February 12, 1897
    ...were perpetrated by the accused with the premeditated design, or intent, to effect the death of the person killed. (Holt v. Territory, 4 Okla. 76, 43 P. 1083; Jewell v. Territory, 4 Okla. 53, 43 P. 1075.) The charging part of said indictment is in the following language: "That Wesley W......
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