Richardson v. State, A--17009

Decision Date29 November 1971
Docket NumberNo. A--17009,A--17009
Citation491 P.2d 364
PartiesCharles Lee RICHARDSON, 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

Andrew T. Dalton, Jr., Tulsa, for plaintiff in error.

Larry Derryberry, Atty. Gen., Fred H. Anderson, Asst. Atty. Gen., Ray Parks, Legal Intern, for defendant in error.

BUSSEY, Presiding Judge.

Charles Lee Richardson, hereinafter referred to as defendant, was charged, tried, and convicted in the District Court of Tulsa County, Oklahoma for the offense of Larceny of an Automobile, After Former Conviction of a Felony. His punishment was fixed at ten (10) years imprisonment, and from said judgment and sentence, a timely appeal has been perfected to this Court.

At the non-jury trial, Joseph Avila testified that he owned a 1955 Chevrolet automobile. On the evening of April 16, 1971, he parked his vehicle near the Red Door Lounge in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. He discovered the car was missing at approximately 12:00 o'clock. The following morning, he notified the Sand Springs Police Department of the stolen vehicle. He next observed the vehicle about a month later at the Spears Wrecker Service. The vehicle had been substantially stripped and the motor was missing.

Linda Harp testified that she had previously lived with the defendant for approximately one month. On the evening of April 16, 1971, she and the defendant were walking near the Red Door Lounge. They made a telephone call, attempting to borrow a car. The defendant thereupon stated, 'I'm going to get me a car.' (Tr. P. 16) The defendant told her to stay on the sidewalk, and if anybody came out the door to whistle. Defendant got into a 1955 or 1956 Chevrolet and drove off, telling her that he would meet her at his sister's house. The defendant picked her up and they proceeded to the home of Ernest Williams. Defendant told Williams that he had borrowed the car from a relative. Several days later the defendant told Williams that he (the defendant) had purchased the car. The defendant subsequently sold the vehicle to Williams for $50.00.

Ernest Williams testified that on the night in question, the defendant and Linda Harp came to his house driving a 1955 Chevrolet. The defendant told him that he had borrowed the car and was thinking about buying it. The defendant drove the car for several days and sold the motor of the vehicle to Williams for $50.00. Williams, the defendant, and Jerry Kent removed the motor from the 1955 Chevrolet and placed it in Williams' 1957 Chevrolet.

Jerry Kent testified that he assisted the defendant and Ernest Williams in removing the motor from a 1955 Chevrolet and placing it in Williams' 1957 Chevrolet. The body of the 1955 Chevrolet was left in his yard and was subsequently picked up by Deputy Maybee.

Deputy Maybee testified that after talking to Linda Harp, he went to Ernest Williams' home. He asked permission from Williams to inspect the motor of his vehicle. Upon checking the serial number of the motor, he found it to be the one which had been removed from the stolen 1955 Chevrolet. Parts of the dismantled 1955 Chevrolet, found at the home of Jerry Kent, were impounded.

The defendant testified that he and Linda Harp lived together for a time. He denied stealing the car on the 16th day of April. The first time he observed the vehicle was about the 17th or 18th in Ernest Williams' backyard. He barrowed the car from Ernest and drove it several days. He helped Ernest take the engine out of the vehicle and put it in Ernest's 1957 Chevrolet. He denied selling...

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  • Rose v. State
    • United States
    • United States State Court of Criminal Appeals of Oklahoma. Court of Criminal Appeals of Oklahoma
    • April 27, 1973
    ...truck with the accomplice when she opened the gate to allow them to put the truck and D--9 Caterpillar in her barn. In Richardson v. State, Okl.Cr., 491 P.2d 364 (1971), we cited with approval the case of Nation v. State, Okl.Cr., 478 P.2d 974 (1970) wherein we 'It is the law in this state ......

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