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People v. Manley





APPEAL from the Circuit Court of Cook County; the Hon. EUGENE PINCHAM, Judge, presiding.


Defendant Frank Manley was convicted by a jury of murder and was sentenced to a term of 20 years. Defendant contends on appeal that: (1) his right to a fair trial was violated where the State impeached him with prior inconsistent statements made to an assistant State's Attorney and suggested to the jury that he had made another impeaching statement and he was not permitted to show that this other statement was consistent with his trial testimony; (2) the trial court committed reversible error when it instructed the jury on self-defense, but refused to instruct the jury on voluntary manslaughter; (3) the State improperly implied that a defense witness made inconsistent statements and failed to prove the statements; and (4) the trial court made an improper remark to the venire of prospective jurors.

The record discloses that on September 29, 1978, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Derrick Castleberry was shot and killed. Defendant Frank Manley and Kenneth Jones were arrested and each was charged with one count each of murder, voluntary manslaughter and armed violence. Prior to the selection of the jury, a motion for severance of Jones was granted.

Cosetta Castleberry, the mother of the victim, testified that she lived with her son and that on the day of the shooting, she had seen the victim with Alvin McGee. Alvin McGee then testified that on the evening of September 19, 1978, he was at the Castleberry home. He stated that he and the victim left the house at approximately 9 p.m. and went to the area of 53d and Indiana Streets in Chicago. McGee stated that a dice game was in progress and that he recognized one of the players as Frank Manley. He identified defendant and stated that he knew defendant from "around the neighborhood" and because of a prior argument which he had with defendant. According to McGee, he and Castleberry observed the dice game and then went to the home of Thomas Hood. Hood was not at home and Hood's sister stated that Hood had gone to a party. McGee stated that he and the victim had intended to return to the Castleberry home.

McGee testified that upon leaving the building in which Hood lived, they saw Manley and Jones standing on the sidewalk. McGee stated that Kenneth Jones held a shotgun and defendant Manley held a pistol at chest level. McGee stated that the victim began to run and that Jones began to fire his weapon. Subsequently, defendant also began to shoot. McGee stated that after hearing three to four shots, Derrick Castleberry fell about six houses away from the Hood residence. According to McGee, he stopped a patrol car which was in the area. McGee initially stated that the victim was in possession of a weapon. However, upon further questioning by the State, McGee stated that he had misunderstood the question to be whether a weapon was pointed at either the victim or him. McGee then stated that neither he nor Castleberry possessed a weapon.

On cross-examination, McGee stated that he had told Officer Fisher of the Chicago Police Department that he and the victim had been involved in a prior fight with the persons involved with the shooting. McGee testified that he did not see Jones at the dice game. He stated that he did not hear anyone yell "he's got a gun" while he and the victim were observing the dice game. According to McGee, Jones was 15 feet from Castleberry when Jones began to discharge the shotgun.

Gloria Jean Steele, a Chicago police officer, testified that on the evening of September 29, 1978, she received a call over her radio concerning shots fired at 53d and Michigan in Chicago. She stated that as she proceeded to the location of the reported shooting, she saw Alvin McGee calling that his friend had been shot. She stated that she exited the patrol car and went to the location where Castleberry was lying. She testified that she asked Castleberry who had shot him and he stated that he did not know. She then patted down the victim to ascertain his identity and did not find anything. Steele stated that McGee provided her the descriptions of the assailants which she reported over the police radio. On cross-examination, she testified that she remained at the scene after the victim had left in an ambulance in order to protect the crime scene. She also indicated that she had learned that there had been a fight with the offenders several months prior to the shooting.

Officer Michael Drawhorn of the Chicago Police Department testified next for the State. He stated that he received an assignment concerning a shooting in the 5300 block of South Michigan Avenue. Upon arriving at the scene, Drawhorn and his partner spoke with Alvin McGee and the three of them then went to the Hood residence where they spoke to members of the Hood family. Drawhorn stated that he went to the 5200 block of South Indiana to look for a man named Frank. Upon arriving at the location, he stated that he saw a group of people sitting on a porch. As a second patrol unit arrived, Drawhorn saw Manley put an object under the cushion on which he was sitting. Another officer went to the chair, lifted the seat cushion and removed a gun. Defendant was then placed under arrest. Drawhorn subsequently arrested Jones at another address. At a third address, Drawhorn recovered a sawed-off shotgun. Officer Robert Stephenson corroborated Drawhorn's testimony concerning the recovery of a .22-caliber revolver from Manley and the arrest of defendant.

Officer Thomas Gimmelly testified that he recovered shotgun wadding on the parkway in front of 5317 South Michigan Avenue. Dr. Shaku Teas, a pathologist with the Cook County medical examiner, testified that she performed an autopsy on the body of Derrick Castleberry. She stated that the cause of death was shotgun wounds to the chest, arm, trunk and abdomen. She stated that she also recovered a bullet from the chest. Officer Robert Smith testified as an expert in firearms and firearms identification. He stated that he conducted ballistics tests and that the bullet which he received from the morgue was fired from the same gun which was previously identified as the weapon recovered from defendant.

The first defense witness was Johnell Brock who stated that on the evening of the shooting he had seen the deceased with a gun at approximately 7 or 8 p.m. He testified that a girl shouted "He has a gun" and that the people who were involved in a dice game ran. Defendant Frank Manley testified that on the evening of the shooting, he saw Alvin McGee with the victim. He stated that he had a prior argument with McGee. Manley stated that Kenneth Jones told him that someone had displayed a gun. Jones then asked Manley where Manley had his gun and Manley responded that the gun was in his pocket. Manley stated that Jones was carrying a sawed-off shotgun. Manley testified that he and Jones left the dice game and walked to 5315 South Michigan Avenue. According to defendant, the victim had his right hand in his coat pocket and began to approach him and Jones. He stated that Castleberry began to remove a black pistol from his pocket. He testified that Jones then fired the shotgun. Manley stated that he had difficulty in extricating his gun and when he finally did remove the gun, he fired two shots into the air.

On cross-examination, Manley stated that Jones had told him that Jones had been threatened with a gun by an individual, but that he only learned after the shooting that it was Castleberry who had threatened Jones. Defendant testified that he only fired his weapon after Jones first had discharged the shotgun and only after he thought the victim was going to pull a gun. After the shooting, Manley stated that he went to a friend's home and was sitting on the porch. After a sidebar concerning the questioning of defendant concerning statements which he had made to assistant State's Attorney Ronin, the court ruled that the prosecution could impeach defendant with a prior inconsistent statement. Upon resumption of cross-examination, defendant admitted that he first told Ronin that he was watching television at 5 p.m. on the evening of the shooting, that at 6 p.m. he went to a friend's house, and at 7 p.m. he and his friend went to a liquor store and afterwards went to the home of another friend which is where he was arrested. In addition, Manley had told Ronin that at approximately 9 p.m. he had heard a gunshot and that he fired his gun two or three times in the air. Manley conceded that the first story that he told the assistant State's Attorney was different from the second story, but denied that he had told Ronin a third story.

Upon redirect examination, counsel sought to question Manley concerning the third statement. The State objected and reminded the court that this statement had been excluded through a motion in limine which was made at the beginning of the trial. Defense counsel argued that this story was contained in the same dialogue as the inconsistent statements. The court ruled that Manley was not being impeached on the issue of whether Castleberry removed a gun from his belt and, therefore, the third statement was not admissible.

On rebuttal, the State called three witnesses. The sister of Thomas Hood testified that she had an opportunity to observe inside Castleberry's jacket when she spoke with him prior to the shooting and that she did not see a weapon. A second witness stated that she saw the victim turn to his left and run at the time he was shot. The witness also stated that she did not see the deceased search his pocket or remove a weapon.

During the conference on jury instructions and verdict forms, counsel for the defense tendered Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions, Criminal, Nos. 7.05 and 7.06 (1968) (hereinafter IPI), which deal with voluntary manslaughter in the case. The court agreed to give IPI ...

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