Terrill v. State, No. 51039

CourtCourt of Appeals of Texas. Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas
Citation531 S.W.2d 642
Decision Date21 January 1976
PartiesStanley Craig TERRILL, Appellant, v. The STATE of Texas, Appellee.
Docket NumberNo. 51039

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531 S.W.2d 642
Stanley Craig TERRILL, Appellant,
v.
The STATE of Texas, Appellee.
No. 51039.
Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas.
Jan. 21, 1976.

James P. Finstrom, Dallas (Court-appointed), for appellant.

Henry Wade, Dist. Atty. and Maridell Templeton and John Roach, Asst. Dist. Attys., Dallas, Jim D. Vollers, State's Atty., and David S. McAngus, Asst. State's Atty., Austin, for the State.

OPINION

KEITH, Commissioner.

Appellant was charged with the possession of a usable quantity of marihuana in an amount of less than two ounces. In a trial to the court he was found guilty and his punishment fixed at confinement in jail for thirty days.

His first ground of error challenges sufficiency of the evidence to support the conviction, the thrust of the argument being that the State failed to show that he exercised care, control and management over the marihuana and that he knew it was contraband.

Upon the date in question, at approximately 2:16 a.m., Irving Police Officer Taylor, along with another officer, was investigating a suspected hit and run vehicle then upon an apartment complex parking

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lot. A vehicle driven by appellant entered the parking lot and the officers became suspicious of the actions and gestures of the occupants of appellant's vehicle which left immediately upon seeing the officers. The officers pursued appellant's car and it was stopped some distance from the apartment complex, one of its passengers having left the vehicle before it was stopped.

When Officer Taylor came to the car, appellant was standing outside near the open left front door. In response to Taylor's question, appellant stated that he owned the vehicle which he had been driving. While the door was open, Taylor observed a matchbox partially open lying upon the floor near the left front seat of the car. The greenish vegetable contents of the box caused him to suspect the contents to be marihuana. It was at this time that appellant was arrested for possession of marihuana.

A subsequent check of the car registration showed it to be owned by one 'Terrill' but Officer Taylor did not remember the first name of the registrant. The State established that the box contained marihuana. Appellant did not testify upon the guilt/innocence phase of the trial.

Although appellant complains of the admission of his statement to the officers concerning his ownership of the automobile, we find that such statement was not made as the result of a custodial...

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  • Lejeune v. State, No. 49404
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas. Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas
    • July 14, 1976
    ...223 (Tex.Cr.App.1972) (.0074 grams of marihuana). See also and cf. Taylor v. State, 505 S.W.2d 927 (Tex.Cr.App.1974); Terrill v. State, 531 S.W.2d 642 In Reyes v. State, 480 S.W.2d 373 (Tex.Cr.App.1972), the court held that the court- Page 778 imposed minimum quantity requirement of Pelham ......
  • Rice v. State, Nos. 54005
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas. Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas
    • March 23, 1977
    ...the testimony that appellant was in control of the truck in which the heroin was found, established these elements. See Terrill v. State, 531 S.W.2d 642 (Tex.Cr.App.1976); Dabbs v. State, 507 S.W.2d 567 Page 728 Although Georgianna Knight testified that the contraband was in her sole posses......
  • O'Shea v. State, No. B14-87-083-CR
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas
    • October 22, 1987
    ...Reyes v. State, 575 S.W.2d 38 (Tex.Crim.App.1979); Hernandez v. State, 538 S.W.2d 127 (Tex.Crim.App.1976); Terrill v. State, 531 S.W.2d 642 (Tex.Crim.App.1976); Buitron v. State, 519 S.W.2d 467 (Tex.Crim.App.1975); Boykin v. State, 516 S.W.2d 946 (Tex.Crim.App.1975); Woolridge v. State, 514......
  • Hernandez v. State, No. 51952
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas. Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas
    • July 7, 1976
    ...at the time appellant was arrested to be more than one ounce, was sufficient to support the order of revocation. See Terrill v. State, 531 S.W.2d 642 (Tex.Cr.App.1976), where the evidence showed a matchbox containing a mere 1.48 grams of marihuana. See also Parson v. State, 432 S.W.2d 89 (T......
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  • Lejeune v. State, No. 49404
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas. Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas
    • July 14, 1976
    ...223 (Tex.Cr.App.1972) (.0074 grams of marihuana). See also and cf. Taylor v. State, 505 S.W.2d 927 (Tex.Cr.App.1974); Terrill v. State, 531 S.W.2d 642 In Reyes v. State, 480 S.W.2d 373 (Tex.Cr.App.1972), the court held that the court- Page 778 imposed minimum quantity requirement of Pelham ......
  • Rice v. State, Nos. 54005
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas. Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas
    • March 23, 1977
    ...the testimony that appellant was in control of the truck in which the heroin was found, established these elements. See Terrill v. State, 531 S.W.2d 642 (Tex.Cr.App.1976); Dabbs v. State, 507 S.W.2d 567 Page 728 Although Georgianna Knight testified that the contraband was in her sole posses......
  • O'Shea v. State, No. B14-87-083-CR
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas
    • October 22, 1987
    ...Reyes v. State, 575 S.W.2d 38 (Tex.Crim.App.1979); Hernandez v. State, 538 S.W.2d 127 (Tex.Crim.App.1976); Terrill v. State, 531 S.W.2d 642 (Tex.Crim.App.1976); Buitron v. State, 519 S.W.2d 467 (Tex.Crim.App.1975); Boykin v. State, 516 S.W.2d 946 (Tex.Crim.App.1975); Woolridge v. State, 514......
  • Hernandez v. State, No. 51952
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas. Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas
    • July 7, 1976
    ...at the time appellant was arrested to be more than one ounce, was sufficient to support the order of revocation. See Terrill v. State, 531 S.W.2d 642 (Tex.Cr.App.1976), where the evidence showed a matchbox containing a mere 1.48 grams of marihuana. See also Parson v. State, 432 S.W.2d 89 (T......
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