State v. Simpson, No. WD

CourtCourt of Appeal of Missouri (US)
Writing for the CourtNUGENT
Citation718 S.W.2d 143
PartiesSTATE of Missouri, Respondent, v. Michael Lee SIMPSON, Appellant. 37539.
Decision Date14 October 1986
Docket NumberNo. WD

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718 S.W.2d 143
STATE of Missouri, Respondent,
v.
Michael Lee SIMPSON, Appellant.
No. WD 37539.
Missouri Court of Appeals,
Western District.
Oct. 14, 1986.

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Dennis D. Goodden, Public Defender, Columbia, for appellant.

William L. Webster, Atty. Gen., Stephen D. Hawke, Asst. Atty. Gen., Jefferson City, for respondent.

Before NUGENT, P.J., and BERREY and GAITAN, JJ.

NUGENT, Presiding Judge.

The defendant, Michael Lee Simpson, appeals his conviction by a jury of tampering in the first degree, a violation of § 569.080.1(2), R.S.Mo. (Cum.Supp.1984), for removing two wheels from a new car on the lot of an automobile dealership. We affirm his conviction.

Defendant asserts that the trial court erred (1) in overruling his motion for judgment of acquittal at the close of all the evidence because the evidence was insufficient to support the charge of tampering; (2) in admitting into evidence a pair of rubber surgical gloves because that evidence was irrelevant, immaterial and prejudicial; and (3) in admitting into evidence copies of the factory invoice and the certificate of origin of the vehicle in violation of the best evidence rule.

Ken Steelman, a security guard for Legend Oldsmobile, an agency in Columbia, Missouri, testified that on December 12, 1984, at around 1:00 o'clock in the morning, he saw a Plymouth enter the lot of Legend Oldsmobile. Mr. Steelman was inside the showroom of the building looking out onto the lot. The headlights of the Plymouth were on as it entered the lot but were shut off as the car proceeded toward the back of the lot. The lighting conditions on the lot were good, and Mr. Steelman could see and identify the driver of the car as the defendant, whom he did not know and had never seen before. Defendant drove to the back of the lot, turned around, and stopped. Defendant got out of his car and walked to the back of the lot and then behind the body shop. He hurriedly walked back and stopped at a new 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera. He moved between that car and another. Underneath the car, Mr. Steelman could see a flashlight beam, but he could not see what the defendant was doing.

Mr. Steelman called the police at around 1:10 a.m. When a police officer arrived, he told the officer where he had seen the defendant, and the officer arrested defendant. After the arrest, Mr. Steelman walked over to the Ciera and saw that its rear tires were missing and saw two tires and wheels in the back seat of the Plymouth.

Police Officer Terry Gunier testified that on December 12, 1984, he was dispatched to the Legend Oldsmobile dealership. When he arrived, he parked his car near the front entrance where he met the security guard, Ken Steelman. As he was speaking to the security guard, he saw the defendant on the lot, bent over rolling a wheel and carrying a lug wrench in his

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hand. Defendant was putting this tire into his car when the officer placed him under arrest. Officer Gunier performed a pat down search for weapons and recovered a pair of surgical gloves, ten lug nuts and a flashlight from the defendant's coat pockets. The officer saw a second wheel and tire and a jack in the back seat of defendant's car. His investigation revealed that the two wheels and tires recovered from the defendant's car matched the front wheels and tires of the Ciera, the rear of which was on the ground. He found no lug nuts close by. Defendant told him that he "had purchased the tires from someone and was there at 1:30 in the morning to pick them up."

Edward Bell, general manager of Legend Oldsmobile, testified that he did not give defendant permission to remove the wheels from the Ciera and that neither Mr. Steelman nor any other employee was authorized to sell parts from the new cars.

Defendant testified as follows: On December 11, 1984, he drove to Columbia to shop for tires for his car. He looked for tires at several gas stations and car lots in town throughout the day. He drove to Legend Oldsmobile at around 2:30 or 3:00 in the afternoon and spoke with Mr. Steelman, whom he thought to be a salesman. Steelman told him he worked the night shift as security guard and told defendant to return then. Defendant returned at midnight. Mr. Steelman and the defendant walked over to the Ciera where Steelman told defendant he could take two tires from the car for $100. He paid Steelman $100 and proceeded to remove the tires. Mr. Steelman had gone back to the building to write a receipt for the sale of the tires, but before he returned, a policeman arrived and arrested defendant.

The defendant called two witnesses to corroborate his testimony. John Case testified that at around six p.m. on December 11, 1984, the defendant stopped by Mr. Case's trailer in Fulton, Missouri, to see if Mr. Case would like to accompany him to Columbia "to go look for some tires." Mr. Case declined the invitation. Another witness, John Belton, testified that he lent the defendant fifty dollars at 3:00 or 4:00 that afternoon when the defendant stopped by a trailer court in Fulton on his way to Columbia.

Facts pertinent to defendant's second point on appeal are as follows: He filed a pretrial motion in limine to exclude from evidence the rubber gloves found in his pocket at the time of his arrest. The trial court denied the motion. At trial, the defendant objected when the state offered the rubber gloves into evidence, but the objection was not made until after the jury had already heard testimony regarding them. Mr. Steelman had testified that he had never seen the gloves before trial. Officer Gunier testified that he discovered the gloves in the defendant's pocket pursuant to a pat down search for weapons.

Defendant testified that a doctor in the emergency room at the Fulton Hospital gave him the gloves a day or two before. The defendant's girlfriend had cut the side of her foot, requiring stitches. Defendant was to use the gloves to help her change the dressing on her wound. Officer Gunier testified that, to the best of his knowledge, the gloves had never been worn and that one glove had a streak of dirt on one finger.

Defendant's third point of error involves two photostatic copies of documents admitted into evidence. First, the state offered a copy of the factory invoice to identify the Ciera. Edward Bell, general manager of the agency, testified that "the original is in my file or sent down to the bank." Second, Mr. Bell identified further evidence presented by the state as a copy of the "MSO," the...

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    • United States
    • Missouri Supreme Court
    • November 14, 1989
    ...to accept or reject any part of her admission or her testimony. State v. Holt, 592 S.W.2d 759, 774 (Mo.banc 1980); State v. Simpson, 718 S.W.2d 143, 146-47 (Mo.App.1986). Her credibility and the effects of conflicts or inconsistencies in testimony are questions for the jury. State v. Overka......
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    ...of the reviewing court.' Credibility and weight of testimony are matters for the jury to determine[.]" Id. (quoting State v. Simpson, 718 S.W.2d 143, 146 (Mo.App.1986)). Therefore, Mr. Hobbs second point is Page 510 The judgment of the trial court is affirmed. All concur. --------------- No......
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    ...is ruled upon. State v. Howell, 524 S.W.2d 11, 19 (Mo. banc 1975); State v. Brown, 749 S.W.2d 448, 451 (Mo.App.1988); State v. Simpson, 718 S.W.2d 143, 147 (Mo.App.1986). However, a discussion of the function of a motion in limine to exclude evidence and the necessity of a contemporaneous o......
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    ...and tender young pussy. He argues that the prejudice from this evidence outweighs its probative value. He cites State v. Simpson, 718 S.W.2d 143 The applicable principle has been succinctly stated: Generally, whether evidence is relevant and whether its probative value outweighs its inflamm......
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  • State v. Dulany, No. 70914
    • United States
    • Missouri Supreme Court
    • November 14, 1989
    ...to accept or reject any part of her admission or her testimony. State v. Holt, 592 S.W.2d 759, 774 (Mo.banc 1980); State v. Simpson, 718 S.W.2d 143, 146-47 (Mo.App.1986). Her credibility and the effects of conflicts or inconsistencies in testimony are questions for the jury. State v. Overka......
  • State v. Hobbs, No. WD 60430.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Missouri (US)
    • March 28, 2003
    ...of the reviewing court.' Credibility and weight of testimony are matters for the jury to determine[.]" Id. (quoting State v. Simpson, 718 S.W.2d 143, 146 (Mo.App.1986)). Therefore, Mr. Hobbs second point is Page 510 The judgment of the trial court is affirmed. All concur. --------------- No......
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    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Missouri (US)
    • January 16, 1991
    ...is ruled upon. State v. Howell, 524 S.W.2d 11, 19 (Mo. banc 1975); State v. Brown, 749 S.W.2d 448, 451 (Mo.App.1988); State v. Simpson, 718 S.W.2d 143, 147 (Mo.App.1986). However, a discussion of the function of a motion in limine to exclude evidence and the necessity of a contemporaneous o......
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    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Missouri (US)
    • January 28, 1988
    ...and tender young pussy. He argues that the prejudice from this evidence outweighs its probative value. He cites State v. Simpson, 718 S.W.2d 143 The applicable principle has been succinctly stated: Generally, whether evidence is relevant and whether its probative value outweighs its inflamm......
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