State v. Standifer, No. 27474.

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Missouri
Writing for the CourtBlair
Citation289 S.W. 856
Decision Date20 December 1928
Docket NumberNo. 27474.
PartiesSTATE v. STANDIFER.
289 S.W. 856
STATE
v.
STANDIFER.
No. 27474.
Supreme Court of Missouri, Division No. 2.
December 20, 1928.

Appeal from Circuit Court, Boone County; David H. Harris, Judge.

Frank Standifer was convicted of stealing chickens in the nighttime, and he appeals. Affirmed.

Don C. Carter, of Sturgeon, for appellant. North T. Gentry, Atty. Gen., and Geo W. Crowder, Asst. Atty. Gen., for the State.

BLAIR, J.


The information charged appellant with the felony of stealing chickens in the nighttime, in violation of section 3314, R. S. 1919. The jury returned a verdict of guilty as charged and assessed the punishment at a fine of $200. After unsuccessfully moving for a new trial, appellant was sentenced on the verdict and was granted an appeal.

The statement of facts made in appellant's brief is sufficient for the purpose of this opinion. We quote it as follows:

"The evidence on the part of the state tended to show that Fred Gibson and wife live about 1½ miles northwest of Centralia, Mo., and that on the 20th day of June, 1925, they drove into Centralia, Mo., between 8 and 9 o'clock that night to buy their groceries for the coming week, this being Saturday night; that when they returned home that night, between 11 and 12 o'clock, they discovered that some of their chickens had been taken from their chicken house on the premises; the next morning, Sunday, they drove into Centralia and went around to the poultry store or house of Tom Gorman, and there found certain chickens which they identified as being the chickens taken"from their chicken house the night before; the men in charge of the poultry house on that Saturday night testified that the defendant had sold these chickens to them on the night in question, some time between 8 and 9 o'clock. There was also considerable evidence offered as to the identification of the chickens by the Gibsons. The poultryman, Gorman, gave the chickens to Gibson and wife, who took them home, and there was evidence as to how the chickens acted when placed in the chicken yard of Gibson, etc. There was also evidence offered on the part of the state that a Ford car, shown to be like one the defendant owned and drove, had been standing out in the public road near Gibson's residence about the time the chickens were alleged to have been taken.

"The evidence on the part of the defendant tended to show that defendant was a farmer, living several miles southeast of Centralia, Mo., on a 480-acre farm belonging to his father; that his family consisted of a wife and four children, and that he had at the time of the trial over 1,000 chickens—was considered a chicken raiser on a big scale in that vicinity; that on the day in question he took his wife, a Mrs. Grimsley,

289 S.W. 857

a Miss Thompson, and his four children to Centralia, Mo., in his Ford car, leaving home about 6:30 or 6:45; that when he got to Centralia he let his wife, Miss Thompson, and the children out, but took Mrs. Grimsley on out to her grandmother's (Mrs. A. L. Hulen), who lived about one-half quarter of mile from the residence of Gibson, the prosecuting witness; that he came back home, passing the witness Gibson and wife on the road, as they (Gibsons) were on their way to Centralia, and got some chickens out of some coops that his wife had put up to be sold, put them in some sacks, and brought them into Centralia and sold them at Gorman's poultry house; that he then went on out to the show grounds to the show, after first paying up some bills at the stores. Defendant denied ever being on Gibson's place and, of course, denied any connection whatsoever with the theft of Gibson's chickens. Defendant was corroborated in toto by a number of witnesses who saw him on the road when he went after the chickens at his home, and who saw him while at home, and also saw him on the road from home to town; in short, defendant proved a perfect alibi. A great number of witnesses testified as to the defendant's reputation for truth and veracity and good citizenship; in fact, the state did not controvert this fact whatsoever. The state did not offer any evidence in rebuttal."

If the chickens sold to Gorman were the chickens stolen from Gibson, appellant had possession of the stolen chickens immediately after they were stolen. If the jury found that the chickens sold by appellant were the stolen chickens,...

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  • State v. Aitkens, No. 38730.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • April 3, 1944
    ...State v. Williams, 292 S.W. 19; State v. Carroll, 62 S.W. (2d) 863; State v. Francis, 52 S.W. (2d) 552, 330 Mo. 1205; State v. Standifer, 289 S.W. 856, 316 Mo. 49; State v. Tippett, 296 S.W. 132, 317 Mo. 319; State v. Burrell, 252 S.W. 709, 298 Mo. 672; State v. Simon, 295 S.W. 1076, 317 Mo......
  • State v. Foster, No. 39962.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • October 14, 1946
    ...244 Mo. 161, 178, 148 S.W. 862, 868. 4. State v. Burrell, 298 Mo. 672, 678-9, 252 S.W. 709, 711(1). 5. State v. Standifer. 316 Mo. 49, 289 S.W. 856; State v. Graves, 352 Mo. 1102, 1119(16), 182 S.W. (2d) 46, 57(26); State v. Bagby, 338 Mo. 951, 965-7(7), 93 S.W. (2d) 241, 249-50 (18-20); 9 ......
  • State v. Copeland, No. 33,170.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • May 17, 1934
    ...Mo. 558, 62 S.W. (2d) 863, l.c. 867; State v. Francis, 330 Mo. 1205, 52 S.W. (2d) 552; Sec. 3735, supra; State v. Standifer, 316 Mo. 49, 289 S.W. 856, l.c. 857; State v. Tippett, 317 Mo. 319, 296 S.W. 132, l.c. 135; State v. Burrell, 298 Mo. 672, l.c. 678, 252 S.W. 709; State v. Simon, 317 ......
  • State v. Frazier, No. 34751.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • November 17, 1936
    ...statute was enacted to prevent the trial court from being ambushed by "masked batteries." [State v. Standifer, 316 Mo. 49, 53, 289 S.W. 856, 857.] But it is even more unfair to bring such assignments before an appellate court without briefing them, than it is to present them to th......
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  • State v. Shawley, No. 32840.
    • United States
    • Missouri Supreme Court
    • December 20, 1933
    ...of error numbered 12, 13 and 25 of defendant's motion for new trial are insufficient. Sec. 3735, R.S. 1929; State v. Standifer, 289 S.W. 856; State v. Early, 49 S.W. (2d) 1060; State v. Francis, 52 S.W. (2d) 552. (2) The court did not err in refusing defendant a new trial because of the sel......
  • State v. Aitkens, No. 38730.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • April 3, 1944
    ...State v. Williams, 292 S.W. 19; State v. Carroll, 62 S.W. (2d) 863; State v. Francis, 52 S.W. (2d) 552, 330 Mo. 1205; State v. Standifer, 289 S.W. 856, 316 Mo. 49; State v. Tippett, 296 S.W. 132, 317 Mo. 319; State v. Burrell, 252 S.W. 709, 298 Mo. 672; State v. Simon, 295 S.W. 1076, 317 Mo......
  • State v. Foster, No. 39962.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • October 14, 1946
    ...244 Mo. 161, 178, 148 S.W. 862, 868. 4. State v. Burrell, 298 Mo. 672, 678-9, 252 S.W. 709, 711(1). 5. State v. Standifer. 316 Mo. 49, 289 S.W. 856; State v. Graves, 352 Mo. 1102, 1119(16), 182 S.W. (2d) 46, 57(26); State v. Bagby, 338 Mo. 951, 965-7(7), 93 S.W. (2d) 241, 249-50 (18-20); 9 ......
  • State v. Copeland, No. 33,170.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • May 17, 1934
    ...Mo. 558, 62 S.W. (2d) 863, l.c. 867; State v. Francis, 330 Mo. 1205, 52 S.W. (2d) 552; Sec. 3735, supra; State v. Standifer, 316 Mo. 49, 289 S.W. 856, l.c. 857; State v. Tippett, 317 Mo. 319, 296 S.W. 132, l.c. 135; State v. Burrell, 298 Mo. 672, l.c. 678, 252 S.W. 709; State v. Simon, 317 ......
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