Prior v. The State Of Ga.

Full CitationPrior v. The State Of Ga., 41 Ga. 155 (Ga. 1870)
Decision Date30 June 1870
Citation41 Ga. 155
PartiesJACK PRIOR, plaintiff in error. v. THE STATE OF GEORGIA, defendant in error.
CourtGeorgia Supreme Court

Criminal Law. Arrest of Judgment. Before Judge Kirby. Polk Superior Court. February Term, 1870.

The indictment charged Jack Prior "with the offence of assault with the intent to murder, for that the said Jack Prior, in said county, on the 19th of December, 1869, with force and arms, and with a certain pistol, of the value of ten dollars, said pistol being a weapon likely to produce death, *in and upon one Emanuel Mann, in the peace of God and said State, did, then and there, unlawfully, wilfully, feloniously, and of his malice aforethought, make an assault, and him, the said Emanuel Mann, then and there, unlawfully, feloniously, and with his malice aforethought, beat, wound and ill-treat, with the intent him, the said Emanuel Mann, then and there, to kill and murder, contrary to the laws of said State, " etc. Prior was tried and found guilty. What the evidence was does not appear.

His counsel moved in arrest of judgment for the following alleged defects in the indictment: The indictment does not show on its face that the defendant is guilty of any crime, or of the crime named; it does not show that the pistol was loaded with powder and lead, or anything else, making it a weapon likely to produce death; nor charge any use of the weapon, or that the assault was made with a loaded pistol; or that the pistol was shot or fired, or in any other manner used. The Court refused to arrest the judgment and sentenced Prior to the penitentiary for two years.

The refusal to arrest the judgment is assigned as error on each of said grounds.

J. W. H. Underwood. Thompson & Turner, for plaintiff in error.

C. D. Forsyth, Solicitor General, by John D. Pope, for the State.

WARNER, J.

The error assigned to the judgment of the Court below in this case, is in overruling the motion of the defendant to arrest the judgment. The 4293d section of the Code declares that, "An assault with intent to murder, by using any weapon likely to produce death, shall be punished, " etc. The allegation in the indictment is, that the defendant beat and wounded the said Emanuel Mann, with a certain pistol, the same being a weapon likely to produce death. The evidence had upon the trial does not appear in the record.

In our * judgment, the indictment was sufficient in law to authorize the Court to render judgment thereon. The legal presumption...

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  • Keesier v. State
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court
    • February 21, 1900
    ...a deadly weapon. State v. Swann, 65 N. C. 330;Com. v. White, 110 Mass. 407;Com. v. Fenno, 125 Mass. 387;State v. Painter, 67 Mo. 84;Prior v. State, 41 Ga. 155. Besides, there was evidence that the appellant drew the revolver, and with the declaration, “I will kill you,” fired it in the dire......
  • Keesier v. State
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court
    • February 21, 1900
    ... ... inspection. There is nothing in the objection. Used as a gun, ... a loaded pistol, within carrying distance, is a deadly ... weapon. State v. Swann, 65 N.C. 330; ... Commonwealth v. White, 110 Mass. 407; ... Commonwealth v. Fenno, 125 Mass. 387; ... State v. Painter, 67 Mo. 84; Prior ... v. State, 41 Ga. 155. Besides, there was evidence ... that the appellant drew the revolver, and with the ... declaration, "I will kill you", fired it in the ... direction of the prosecuting witness. It was proved that the ... weapon used was a Smith & Wesson revolver of thirty-two ... ...
  • Barber v. State, 36703
    • United States
    • Georgia Court of Appeals
    • May 17, 1957
    ...the good order, peace and dignity thereof.' The indictment sufficiently alleges an assault and is not subject to general demurrer. Prior v. State, 41 Ga. 155; Rawls v. State, 72 Ga.App. 400(1), 33 S.E.2d 884. 2. 'On a prosecution for a particular crime, evidence which in any manner shows or......
  • Marsh v. Lazenby
    • United States
    • Georgia Supreme Court
    • June 30, 1870
    ...41 Ga. 153SPENCER MARSH et al., plaintiffs in error. v. ALEXANDER M. LAZENBY, defendant in error.Supreme Court of the State of Georgia(Atlanta, June Term, 1870.)Homestead. Before Judge Kirby. Walker Superior Court. March Term, 1870.In January, 1870, Lazenby applied to ... ...
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