Jackson v. State

Decision Date02 May 1924
Docket NumberNo. 24509.,24509.
Citation143 N.E. 625,194 Ind. 561
CourtIndiana Supreme Court


Appeal from Criminal Court, Marion County; James A. Collins, Judge.

Frank L. Jackson was convicted of stealing, and he appeals. Affirmed.

Joseph T. Markey, of Indianapolis, for appellant.

U. S. Lesh, Atty. Gen., and Mrs. Edward Franklin White, Deputy Atty. Gen., for the State.


Appellant was convicted on the charge that he feloniously took, stole and carried away an overcoat of the value of $60 and a suit of clothes of the value of $35, the property of Amos J. Jackson. His motion for a new trial for the alleged reasons that the finding is not sustained by sufficient evidence and is contrary to law was overruled, to which ruling appellant excepted, and has assigned it as error.

[1][2][3] There was evidence that appellant's home was at Danville, Ill.; that after being away from there for two years he came from Montana, through Chicago to Indianapolis, arriving on a Saturday night, and went to the home of the prosecuting witness, but found nobody there; that he broke the fastening off the screen at the back door, but did not get the door open, and then took out the screen from a kitchen window, opened the window which was not fastened, and entered the house; that he took the overcoat and suit, and departed before the owner returned, and an hour before midnight left Indianapolis on an interurban car; that he was apprehended and arrested the next Monday at Danville, Ill., and on that day the clothes were mailed at Danville by parcel post, addressed to the owner, and a telegram was sent from there to the owner asking him to “withdraw the charges”; and that the owner of the clothing had not seen him for four years before the clothing was taken. This evidence was sufficient to sustain the finding that he stole the overcoat and suit, even though he testified to facts tending to show that he was innocent and denied any guilty intent. Questions as to the credibility of witnesses, and as to what inferences shall be drawn from the facts proved are for the jury and the trial court, and if part of the evidence, standing alone, would justify a finding of guilty, this court cannot set aside the verdict of guilty because of other evidence to the contrary.

The judgment is affirmed.

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