McBride v. State

Citation21 Ala.App. 127,106 So. 70
Decision Date04 August 1925
Docket Number6 Div. 601
PartiesMcBRIDE v. STATE.
CourtAlabama Court of Appeals

Rehearing Denied Oct. 27, 1925

Appeal from Circuit Court, Jefferson County; William E. Fort, Judge.

Hub McBride was convicted of vagrancy, and he appeals. Reversed and remanded.

Beddow & Ray, of Birmingham, for appellant.

Harwell G. Davis, Atty. Gen., and Jim Davis, Sol., and Willard Drake, Asst. Sol., both of Birmingham, for the State.


The defendant was convicted of the offense of vagrancy, and appeals.

It would not add anything of value to the law on the subject for us to discuss the constituent elements of the crime for which this defendant was tried and convicted, or the evidence in this case. The following decisions of this and the Supreme Court should prove a sufficient guide for another trial; Wallace v. State, 16 Ala.App. 85, 75 So. 633; McCrosky v. State, 17 Ala.App. 523, 87 So. 219; Brown v. State, 4 Ala.App. 122, 58 So. 794; Toney v. State, 60 Ala. 97.

Under the authority of Hill v. State, 207 Ala. 444, 93 So. 460, Ryan v. State, 100 Ala. 94, 14 So. 868, and other decisions of our Supreme Court of a similar import, we must hold that the trial court was in error in admitting, over the timely objection and exception of the defendant, the testimony to the effect that the defendant admitted or confessed owning or possessing the liquor supposed to have been in the car which ran away, or was supposed to have run away, from where the officers were located on the Montgomery Highway at 3 or 3:30 o'clock on a certain morning. This testimony was "a mere extrajudicial confession, uncorroborated by the facts," and was not sufficient to show the corpus delicti. It nowhere appears in the record, even legally inferentially, that the car in question did in fact contain any liquor at all.

It is thought the other rulings complained of may not arise upon another trial, and they will not here be considered. For the error pointed out, the judgment is reversed, and the cause remanded.

Reversed and remanded.

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