Jones v. State

Decision Date08 April 1970
Docket NumberNo. A--14986,A--14986
Citation468 P.2d 805
PartiesDan T. JONES, Plaintiff in Error, v. The STATE of Oklahoma, Defendant in Error.
CourtUnited States State Court of Criminal Appeals of Oklahoma. Court of Criminal Appeals of Oklahoma

Syllabus by the Court

1. The mere possession of property recently stolen is not sufficient to convict the possessor of larceny or burglary of it, but when the fact is supplemented with other facts inconsistent with the idea that the possession is honest, it then becomes a question of fact for the jury to pass upon the guilt or innocence of the defendant.

2. It is seldom that people who are prone to commit such crimes as burglary or larceny carry eye-witnesses around with them.

3. Where there is competent evidence in the record from which the jury could reasonably conclude that the defendant was guilty as charged, the Court of Criminal Appeals will not interfere with the verdict, even though there is a sharp conflict in the evidence and different inferences may be drawn therefrom since it is the exclusive province of the jury to weigh the evidence and determine the facts.

An appeal from the District Court of Oklahoma County; Clarence Mills, Judge.

Dan T. Jones was convicted of the crime of Burglary Second Degree, After Former Conviction of a Felony; sentenced to twenty years in the penitentiary, and appeals. Affirmed.

Don Anderson, Public Defender, Homer Thompson, Asst. Public Defender, Oklahoma County, for plaintiff in error.

G. T. Blankenship, Atty. Gen., Duane Lobaugh, Asst. Atty. Gen., for defendant in error.

NIX, Judge.

Plaintiff in error, Dan T. Jones, hereinafter referred to as the defendant, was convicted in the District Court of Oklahoma County with the crime of Burglary Second Degree, After Former Conviction of a Felony and sentenced to twenty years in the penitentiary. From this judgment and sentence he has appealed to this Court.

From the record, the State's first witness was Mr. Dale Cain, owner of the Southwest Shooter's Supply Company, located at 107 West Reno Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He testified that on January 19, 1968, he closed his business about 6:00 p.m., after locking the doors. That he was called back to his place of business about 9:00 p.m., found the glass of the front door broken, with a piece of concrete, and found some guns missing and checked his list of serial numbers, finding the guns in evidence to be ones missing from his store. He then identified five guns in evidence as having come from his business. On cross-examination he testified that there was no sign of blood in or about the place of business. The next witness was Officer Kenneth Patterson of the Oklahoma City Police Department. He testified that on the night of January 19, 1968, about 8:45 p.m., he and his partner saw defendant about a block north of the burglarized premises, that defendant had a pistol in one hand and a rifle in the other. Upon approaching closer 'at one time the pistol was pointed in our direction.' Defendant was arrested, searched; and three other weapons were found on him. The witness further testified that defendant was bleeding and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The witness identified the five weapons as being the ones taken from defendant. The officer also identified a shirt which he said defendant was wearing at the time of his arrest. On cross-examination the witness testified that he and his partner took defendant from where he was arrested to the hospital, and these two officers did not take defendant to the alley behind the burglarized premises, but Officer Jerry Johnson and Jerry Gode did. That defendant had a 'busted lip, his nose was bleeding and had two cuts on the left side of his face and one on the left ear.' The next State's witness was Officer Jerry Johnson of the Oklahoma City Police Department who testified that on the day in question about 8:55 and 9:00 p.m., he and his partner were cruising in the 100 block on West Reno, saw the front glass broken at 107 West Reno, reported it to headquarters; stayed at the scene until arrival of the owner; helped check the owner's records for missing guns and then went to Mercy Hospital where he saw defendant; talked to him, and was advised that there were three more guns in the alley between California and Reno Streets. He...

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