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JOE MELVIN RAMSEY v. STATE (12/18/57)

decided: December 18, 1957.

JOE MELVIN RAMSEY
v.
STATE



Rape (Statutory). Appeal from criminal district court of Dallas County; penalty, confinement in the penitentiary for thirty years. Hon. J. Frank Wilson, Judge Presiding.

COUNSEL

L. W. Westerlage, Dallas, for appellant.

Henry Wade, Criminal District Attorney, Tom Thorpe, Frank Watts, A. D. Bowie, Assistants District Attorney, Dallas, and Leon Douglas, State's Attorney, Austin, for the state.

Davidson, Judge.

Author: Davidson

[ 165 Tex. Crim. Page 410]

    Appellant pleaded guilty before a jury to the offense of statutory rape, and his punishment was assessed at confinement in the penitentiary for thirty years. The testimony of the prosecutrix, as well as that of other witnesses, show appellant guilty of rape upon a thirteen-year-old girl.

During the direct examination of the officer who arrested appellant at his residence, he was asked by state's counsel as to what occurred at the time of the arrest. The officer replied:

"We had looked in our records to locate his address, and we found * * * *"

Appellant's counsel objected to the answer, insisting that it showed appellant had a record with the police department as a criminal.

The trial court immediately sustained the objection and instructed the jury not to consider the statement for any purpose.

Appellant insists that the statement of the officer was so prejudicial as that it could not be removed by the instruction not to consider and that a mistrial should have been granted.

In the light of the facts here presented, we are unwilling to say that prejudice to the ...


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