Scott v. State, 8322

Citation92 Nev. 552, 554 P.2d 735
Case DateSeptember 30, 1976
CourtSupreme Court of Nevada

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554 P.2d 735
92 Nev. 552
Albert O'Neal SCOTT, Appellant,
The STATE of Nevada, Respondent.
No. 8322.
Supreme Court of Nevada.
Sept. 30, 1976.

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George H. Spizzirri, Las Vegas, for appellant.

Robert List, Atty. Gen., Carson City, George E. Holt, Dist. Atty., and H. Leon Simon, Chief Appellate Deputy Dist. Atty., Clark County, Las Vegas, for respondent.

[92 Nev. 553] OPINION

MOWBRAY, Justice:

A jury found Albert O'Neal Scott guilty of first-degree murder and attempted murder. He has appealed from his judgment of conviction, asserting numerous assignments of error, which we reject as meritless. Accordingly, we affirm.

1. On the evening of October 13, 1974, Scott and a Mr. Ronnie Davis went to the Las Vegas home of Miss Lynette Blake to buy narcotics. There, Scott met Miss Blake, her friend [92 Nev. 554] Janice Crisp, and John Coleman. The sale was never made. An argument developed, ending by Scott shooting and killing Lynette Blake and seriously wounding Janice Crisp.

2. At trial, Scott admitted shooting Blake and Crisp. He claimed he was acting in self-defense. The State impeached Scott's testimony by offering in evidence contradictory and inconsistent statements that Scott had given the police immediately following the shooting. Scott, without success, had attempted to suppress the statements prior to trial, on the ground that they were physically coerced. He testified at the suppression hearing that he had been beaten, choked, and threatened by Police Officers Jones and Dixon. Officers Jones and Dixon testified to the contrary. They said that Scott was given his Miranda warnings 1 and that he voluntarily gave the incriminating statements. The trial judge chose to believe the officers and denied Scott's motion to suppress. The statements were received in evidence. Scott claims that this pretrial ruling constituted reversible error. He seeks now to have this court find the facts in his favor, which the trial court did not do. The State need prove only that Scott waived

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his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination by a preponderance of the evidence. Lego v. Twomey, 404 U.S. 477, 92 S.Ct. 619, 30 L.Ed.2d 618 (1974). This burden was satisfied by the testimony of Officers Jones and Dixon, as found by the district court, which finding we shall not disturb on appeal.

3. Scott also contends that the trial judge, in instructing the jury, failed to clarify the distinction between first- and second-degree murder. 2 Scott argues that the lack of any appreciable [92 Nev. 555] time requirement between the formation of the intent to kill and the act of killing eliminates the degrees of murder. This contention has been considered and rejected by this court on previous occasions. State v. Fisko, 58 Nev. 65, 80, 70 P.2d 1113, 1118 (1937); State v. Randolph, 49 Nev. 241, 242, 242 P. 697, 698 (1926). As given, the instruction requires that the premeditation and deliberation precede the act of killing. The instruction states that the time lapse need only be an instant. The instruction does not misstate the law, and it was properly given.

4. Scott also urges that the trial court erred in failing to reinstruct the jury on the question of premeditation. Before the jury retired for the evening, the foreman suggested to the judge that it might be helpful if the jury were further instructed on premeditation. The judge responded that he would do so the following morning if he believed a further instruction was necessary. Apparently the judge concluded that the given instruction was adequate, for he did not reinstruct the jury. Nor did the jury ask for further clarification prior to reaching its verdict. The question of reinstructing...

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