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People v. Golson

SEPTEMBER 13, 1966.

PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE,

v.

DEMBRUS GOLSON, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.



Appeal from the Circuit Court of Cook County, Criminal Division; the Hon. RICHARD A. HAREWOOD, Judge, presiding. Judgment of conviction affirmed.

MR. JUSTICE ENGLISH DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT.

CHARGE

Burglary. *fn1

JUDGMENT

After a trial without a jury, the court found defendant guilty and sentenced him to a term of twelve to fifteen years.

POINTS RAISED ON APPEAL

(1) The indictment was fatally defective.

(2) Defendant was not proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

(3) The court erred in denying defendant's request to examine certain police reports.

EVIDENCE ON BEHALF OF THE STATE

Sarah Dickerson

When she left her apartment (1651 E. 67th Street, Chicago) at about 7:00 a.m. on June 5, 1963, she locked both front and back doors, and propped an iron bar against the back door. The drawers in the kitchen were closed. When she returned about 2:00 p.m. she found the glass in the back door broken, the bar removed from its place, and the kitchen drawers open.

Carl Dickerson

He was the fourteen-year-old son of Sarah. When he left for school at about 8:15 a.m. both front and back doors were locked. When he returned about noon he saw the front door wide open. He went into the kitchen and saw that the back door was also open, the glass was broken, and the iron bar, normally propped against the door, was lying on the floor between the living room and kitchen. He went into the living room and placed a phone call to inform his mother of the situation. While he was waiting for her to answer, he saw a man in a blue jersey and black leather cap standing in the doorway of the kitchen, a distance of six or ten feet from where he was standing. Carl was frightened. He dropped the phone and ran out the front door and down the street until he found a policeman and reported what he had seen. The policeman was walking with Carl back to his home but when the two arrived at the front courtway of the building Carl saw the man he had seen in the apartment 3 or 4 minutes ...


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