Schilling v. State, 877S586

Citation268 Ind. 534, 376 N.E.2d 1142
Case DateJune 16, 1978
CourtSupreme Court of Indiana

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376 N.E.2d 1142
268 Ind. 534
Stephen C. SCHILLING, Appellant,
STATE of Indiana, Appellee.
No. 877S586.
Supreme Court of Indiana.
June 16, 1978.

Grant W. Hawkins, Samper, Samper & Hawkins, Indianapolis, for appellant.

Theodore L. Sendak, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Daniel Lee Pflum, Deputy Atty. Gen., Indianapolis, for appellee.

PIVARNIK, Justice.

At the conclusion of a jury trial in Marion Criminal Court on March 9, 1977, appellant Schilling was convicted of assault and battery with intent to kill and second-degree murder. He was sentenced to imprisonment for two to fourteen years on the assault count and to life imprisonment on the murder count.

The sole question presented for our review is the sufficiency of the evidence to support these convictions. The evidence in this case indicates that on the night of January 12, 1976, one Finley Nelson was stabbed to death in his room in the Home [268 Ind. 535] Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Prior to the time when decedent Nelson's body was found by police, he had been overheard in an argument with appellant Schilling over

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money. Appellant, who had formerly worked at the Home Hotel as a handyman, was identified as a participant in this argument by two other tenants of the hotel who knew both him and the decedent. Jean Summers, one of these tenants, saw appellant in decedent Nelson's room that night and later heard the argument. The other witness was Thomas Baker, who had gone to sleep that evening but was aroused when he thought he heard Finley Nelson yelling. Mr. Baker went to Mr. Nelson's door, attempted to open it, and then was attacked and stabbed by appellant. Baker testified that appellant said, "I'm going to kill you too." Then, Baker blacked out. Baker identified appellant as his assailant both at trial and in a photographic identification procedure conducted by police.

With respect to the second-degree murder conviction, the argument is that the evidence of appellant's guilt is only circumstantial, and that on review this court must exclude every reasonable hypothesis of innocence. However, we apply the same standard of review to this case as we do to all cases. We consider only that evidence most favorable to the state and all reasonable inferences to be drawn therefrom. In doing so, we neither weigh the evidence nor determine the credibility of witnesses. If there is then substantial evidence of probative value for every material element of the crime beyond a...

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  • Harrison v. State, 2-680A191
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • August 25, 1981 be drawn. Furthermore, we will not weigh the evidence or determine the credibility of the witnesses. Schilling v. State, (1978) Ind., 376 N.E.2d 1142. If there is substantial evidence of probative value which would allow a reasonable trier of fact to find the existence of each element of......
  • Tapp v. State, 1-180-A-17
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • June 23, 1980
    ...sufficient evidence of probative value to prove every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Schilling v. State, (1978) Ind., 376 N.E.2d 1142. When looking only to the evidence most favorable to the state and to all the reasonable inferences flowing therefrom, in this case we find ......
  • Williams v. State, 2-678A182
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • December 20, 1978
    ...Page 419 an appeal, we do not weigh the evidence and determine the relative credibility of witnesses. Schilling v. State (1978), Ind., 376 N.E.2d 1142. We look only to the evidence most favorable to the State and the reasonable inferences flowing therefrom in order to determine whether ther......
  • Reed v. State, 2-477A146
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • March 28, 1979
    ...the existence of each element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt the judgment must be affirmed. Schilling v. State (1978), Ind., 376 N.E.2d 1142; Burris v. State (1978), Ind.App., 382 N.E.2d We have no difficulty in finding that there was very substantial evidence that the Defendant w......
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