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People v. Barnes

Supreme Court of California
Jul 1, 1874
48 Cal. 551 (Cal. 1874)


         Appeal from the County Court, County of Yolo.

         The indictment alleged that the defendant on or about the 31st day of March, 1874, at the County of Yolo, in the night time, broke and entered the sleeping apartment of E. F. Dubois, in the Capitol Hotel, in the town of Woodland, with the intent to steal the goods of said Dubois. On the trial, Mr. Dubois was called as a witness by the prosecution, and testified in the course of his examination, against the objection of the defendant, that, on the night of the 30th of November, the night previous to the alleged burglary, he occupied a room in the Capitol Hotel, different from that alleged to have been broken, and adjoining thereto, and that defendant went with him into the room when he went to bed, and after he retired to bed, the defendant stole a half dollar in silver coin from his pocket, and then left the room. The defendant appealed.


          J. C. Ball, for the Appellant.

         Attorney-General Love, for the Respondent.

         JUDGES: Wallace, C. J.


          WALLACE, Judge

         The defendant was indicted and convicted of the crime of burglary, in breaking and entering the room and sleeping apartment of one Dubois, with intent to steal, etc.

         On the trial the District Attorney, as part of his case in chief, was permitted, against the objection of the defendant, to prove that at a time and place admitted to be other than and distinct from those mentioned or intended to be charged in the indictment, the defendant entered a room, at the time occupied by Dubois, and stole a sum of money from him.

         Upon settled principles governing the introduction of evidence in criminal cases, this was erroneous, and the judgment is reversed and the cause remanded for a new trial.

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People v. Barnes

Supreme Court of California
Jul 1, 1874
48 Cal. 551 (Cal. 1874)
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People v. Barnes

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Court:Supreme Court of California

Date published: Jul 1, 1874


48 Cal. 551 (Cal. 1874)

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