State v. O'Connor, 10675

CourtSupreme Court of South Dakota
Writing for the CourtRENTTO
Citation84 S.D. 415,172 N.W.2d 724
PartiesSTATE of South Dakota, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. John Steven O'CONNOR, Defendant, and Danvers John Jansen, Defendant-Appellant.
Docket NumberNo. 10675,10675
Decision Date24 November 1969

William D. Kenyon, Sioux Falls, William L. Dickey, Sioux Falls, on the brief, for appellant.

Gordon Mydland, Atty. Gen., R. James Zieser, Asst. Atty. Gen., Pierre, for respondent.

RENTTO, Judge.

On a jury verdict finding defendant Danvers John Jansen guilty of burglary in the third degree he was sentenced to five years' imprisonment in the penitentiary. He appeals from the judgment of conviction claiming that it should be reversed because of error:

1. In the conduct of the preliminary hearing;

2. In the admission into evidence of a lug wrench found in the burglarized premises, and

3. In admitting testimony concerning a driver's license and an insurance identification card which he had in his possession when apprehended.

Since we do not concur in his views we affirm the judgment.

Between two and three o'clock in the morning of Sunday, July 14, 1968, several patrol cars of the Sioux Falls Police Department went to the Edsaler Bar on West 12th Street. The officer first on the scene went to the front of the building while the second one there stationed himself near a door at the rear. They had observed that a large portion of the glass front door of the premises was shattered. On looking through the window in the front of the building the officer saw two men in a crouched position back of the serving bar, one of whom he recognized as the appellant. When they straightened up they saw him and took off for the rear door. Only one of them, O'Connor the other defendant, came out through the back door. He was promptly taken into custody.

Adjoining the bar building on the west is a parking lot. When the officers arrived there that morning a 1962 Plymouth automobile bearing Illinois license plates was parked on the lot. The officer first on the scene felt of the hood and ascertained that it was warm. It was owned by Ronald and Judith Ell of 1027 Church Street, Rockford, Illinois. The police took it into custody and had it towed to a commercial garage to be stored.

In a search of the building by an employee of the bar and his wife, who had been called by the police after O'Connor had been captured, appellant was discovered crouching in a recess near the heating unit in the building. As the employee seized him a scuffle ensued during which the employee struck him in the face with a beer bottle causing profuse bleeding. He broke away from the employee but was soon captured in a crawl space under the floor of a home on South 4th Street. The trail of blood which the police followed in apprehending him led from the rear door of the bar to this house.

He was then taken directly to a hospital where his facial cuts were sutured. While there he requested a police officer to call one Sharon Buol and request her to bring him his clothes. This the officer did. Shortly thereafter she came to the hospital with his clothes, accompanied by Richard Torrant and Ronald Ell. Appellant remained in the hospital only a brief time after which he was taken to the Police Department offices and then to the county jail. When he arrived at the jail the three people who had brought his clothes to the hospital, Sharon Buol, Richard Torrant and Ronald Ell, were there attempting to have released the 1962 Plymouth belonging to Ell, which was in police custody.

Appellant and his partner in crime were separately informed against, tried and convicted before different judges and jury panels. A preliminary hearing was had for O'Connor after which he was held to answer the charge of burglary in the third degree. The record shows that appellant wanted to waive a preliminary examination and repeatedly informed the magistrate and the state's attorney of his desire. These efforts were opposed by the prosecution claiming that nevertheless it had a right to hold the hearing. He asserts that the state forced an unwanted preliminary hearing on him when one was held for O'Connor. The record reveals this claim to be doubtful. However, we need not resolve the quandary.

On this appeal he may not urge that issue because he did not present it to the trial court. When arraigned on...

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