McQuirter v. State

36 Ala. App. 707

 

RULE:

If any facts are proven from which the jury may reasonably infer that the crime has been committed, proof of the confession is rendered admissible.

FACTS:

Appellant, an African American man, was charged with attempt to commit an assault with intent to rape after a white woman claimed appellant followed her and her children down the street in a suspicious manner. The police and sheriff claimed that, while in jail under arrest, appellant confessed he visited their town intending to rape and possibly kill a white woman. Appellant claimed he merely happened to be walking down the street behind the woman and denied making the confession. The trial court convicted appellant. On appeal, the court affirmed.

ISSUE:

Was appellant's alleged confession admissible as evidence to establish criminal intent?

ANSWER:

Yes.

CONCLUSION:

The evidence was ample to sustain the judgment. The jury could properly consider the race of the parties in inferring appellant's intent. Appellant's alleged confession was admissible because of the absence of proper grounds of objection and because some facts were proven from which the jury could reasonably infer the crime was committed.

 

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