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People v. Jones

JUNE 18, 1971.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE,

v.

GERTIE LEE JONES, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.



APPEAL from the Circuit Court of Cook County; the Hon. HARRY S. STARK, Judge, presiding.

MR. PRESIDING JUSTICE ENGLISH DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT:

OFFENSE CHARGED

Murder. Ill. Rev. Stat. 1967, ch. 38, par. 9-1.

JUDGMENT

After a jury trial, defendant was found guilty and sentenced to a term of 25 to 35 years.

CONTENTIONS RAISED ON APPEAL

1. Defendant was not proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

2. Defendant was prejudiced by improper questions put to her on cross-examination.

3. The sentence is excessive.

EVIDENCE

Donald Collins, for the State:

He is a policeman. On May 18, 1968, he and Officer Rice were patrolling in their squad car northward on Wentworth Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets when he heard four gun shots; the first two shots were in rapid succession, and the third and fourth followed very shortly thereafter. They turned south and drove to where they believed the shots had originated, the corner of 15th and Wentworth. A large crowd was gathered on the corner in front of Cut Rate Liquors. Officer Rice ran into the crowd while the witness remained in the squad car, to maneuver it closer to the crowd. He then got out of the car and, three or four minutes later, Officer Rice yelled to him to call an ambulance. When he went to get into the car to use its police radio, defendant, who was standing near the car, said, "I did it. I killed him."

After he called the ambulance, Rice and two or three men put the victim, who was unconscious, in the back seat of the squad car. Rice told him to "take her also," and he believed this was a reference to defendant. Defendant got into the passenger's side of the squad car. He did not talk to defendant on the way to the hospital, but believed ...


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