State v. Hager, No. 10698

CourtCourt of Appeal of Missouri (US)
Writing for the CourtBILLINGS
Citation577 S.W.2d 188
PartiesSTATE of Missouri, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. Jimmie Dean HAGER, Defendant-Appellant.
Decision Date31 January 1979
Docket NumberNo. 10698

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577 S.W.2d 188
STATE of Missouri, Plaintiff-Respondent,
v.
Jimmie Dean HAGER, Defendant-Appellant.
No. 10698.
Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, Division Two.
Jan. 31, 1979.

John D. Ashcroft, Atty. Gen., Paul Robert Otto, Kristie Green, Asst. Attys. Gen., Jefferson City, for plaintiff-respondent.

J. D. Baker, Belisle & Baker, Osceola, for defendant-appellant.

BILLINGS, Presiding Judge.

In a jury-waived trial defendant Jimmie Dean Hager was found guilty of assault with intent to do great bodily harm with malice aforethought in violation of § 559.180, RSMo 1969. 1 Defendant questions the sufficiency of the evidence to support the guilty verdict, says there was substantial evidence to demonstrate he acted in self-defense, contends he was denied his right to a speedy trial, and erred in the reception of evidence. We affirm.

Our review of the sufficiency of the evidence to support a conviction in a

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jury-waived criminal case is the same as though a guilty verdict had been returned by a jury and we accept the state's evidence, together with all reasonable inferences deducible therefrom, as true and ignore evidence and inferences to the contrary. State v. Sanderson, 528 S.W.2d 527 (Mo.App.1975).

Briefly summarized, the evidence and inferences in support of the verdict are as follows:

Defendant had been formerly married to Donna Gamel, the wife of the victim of the assault, Warren Gamel. A child born to defendant and Donna had been adopted by Warren and there had been harsh words between defendant and Warren concerning defendant's visitation with the child. In May, 1974, Warren and Donna were horseback riding along a country road when they met a car driven by defendant. Defendant was accompanied by his wife and the latter's daughter. Defendant stopped the car, blocking the road. He then proceeded to get out of the car, grabbed the rein of the horse Warren was riding, and challenged Warren to get off of his horse and fight. When Warren declined the defendant's invitation, defendant said: "Well, you son-of-a-bitch, if you won't come down from there I'll knock you down." Defendant picked up a rock, the size of which was described as "sticking out of both ends of his hand", and threw it at Warren. The rock struck Warren and he toppled from his horse, striking his head when he fell. Warren was taken to a doctor who described his injuries as a skull fracture on the left side of his temple above the ear and a laceration...

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  • State v. Giffin, No. 62775
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • October 12, 1982
    ...are within the province of the trier of fact, in this case an experienced trial judge, and are not cognizable on appeal. State v. Hager, 577 S.W.2d 188 This same reasoning is dispositive of appellant's contentions that the shooting was done in a heat of passion occasioned by a provocation a......
  • State v. Ruff, No. 42347
    • United States
    • Missouri Court of Appeals
    • June 23, 1981
    ...evidence, together with all reasonable inferences therefrom, as true and ignore evidence and inferences to the contrary. State v. Hager, 577 S.W.2d 188, 188-9 (Mo.App.1979). Accordingly, we recite the following facts in support of the Ruff and his wife, Sharon, rented a second floor apartme......
2 cases
  • State v. Giffin, No. 62775
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • October 12, 1982
    ...are within the province of the trier of fact, in this case an experienced trial judge, and are not cognizable on appeal. State v. Hager, 577 S.W.2d 188 This same reasoning is dispositive of appellant's contentions that the shooting was done in a heat of passion occasioned by a provocation a......
  • State v. Ruff, No. 42347
    • United States
    • Missouri Court of Appeals
    • June 23, 1981
    ...evidence, together with all reasonable inferences therefrom, as true and ignore evidence and inferences to the contrary. State v. Hager, 577 S.W.2d 188, 188-9 (Mo.App.1979). Accordingly, we recite the following facts in support of the Ruff and his wife, Sharon, rented a second floor apartme......

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