Mason v. State

Decision Date12 March 1918
Docket Number1 Div. 263
Citation16 Ala.App. 405,78 So. 321
PartiesMASON v. STATE.
CourtAlabama Court of Appeals

Appeal from Circuit Court, Washington County; Ben D. Turner, Judge.

Isaiah Mason was convicted of larceny of cows, and appeals. Affirmed.

Joe M Pelham, Jr., of Chatom, for appellant.

F. Loyd Tate, Atty. Gen., and David W.W. Fuller, Asst. Atty. Gen for the State.

BROWN P.J.

Much is said in argument about the trial of the defendant on more than one indictment charging separate and distinct offenses having no relation to each other, but the record proper before us shows but one indictment containing a single count charging the defendant with the larceny of two cows, the property of Callie Mason, and but one judgment on the verdict of the jury pronouncing the defendant's guilt. In view of this state of the record, the defendant's motion to require the state to elect "which count of the indictment it would rely on for conviction" was overruled without error. Ashley v. State, 3 Ala.App 84, 57 So. 1027.

The special charges requested by the defendant and set out in the record as refused charges were not indorsed "refused" and signed by the trial judge, as required by the statute, and are not a part of the record. Code 1907, § 5364, as amended by Acts 1915, p. 815; Birch v. Ward, 75 So. 567; Mobile Lt. & Ry. Co. v Thomas, 77 So. 463. Moreover, these charges as transcribed in the record appear to have all been written on one sheet of paper, and jointly considered and acted on by the court. Birch v. Ward, supra.

The testimony of the witness Ed Scott that the track leading toward the pastures where the cows were chained appeared to have been made by a shoe without a heel was not objectionable, and the ruling of the court with respect thereto was free from error. White v. State, 12 Ala.App. 160, 68 So. 521.

There was some evidence tending to prove the corpus delicti, and the objection to the testimony of Jim Williams as to inculpating statements made by the defendant was properly admitted over defendant's objection that the corpus delicti had not been proven (Daniels v. State, 12 Ala.App. 119, 68 So. 499), and the predicate was sufficient ( Fortner v. State, 12 Ala.App. 179, 67 So. 720). It sufficiently appears from the testimony of the witnesses Jim Williams and Carten Williams that the inculpating statements related to the lot of cattle in the pasture, among others the cows of Callie Mason described...

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