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People v. Overby

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Department
Jun 16, 1998
251 A.D.2d 163 (N.Y. App. Div. 1998)

Opinion

June 16, 1998

Appeal from the Supreme Court, New York County (Jeffrey Atlas, J.).


Defendant's suppression motion was properly denied. The police found defendant, who matched a sufficiently specific description provided by the complainant of her assailant, and who was sweating profusely on a cool, autumn evening, as though "he had been running", two and one-half blocks away from the crime scene, in the direction the complainant had told the police that her assailant had fled. These facts, along with defendant's suspicious answers to the officers' questions, provided reasonable suspicion that defendant had committed the crime and permitted the police to detain him in order to conduct a showup with the complainant ( see, People v. Breaziel, 246 A.D.2d 310; People v. Plato, 247 A.D.2d 317; People v. Johnson, 245 A.D.2d 112). Under the circumstances presented, where defendant was suspected of trying to kill his girlfriend by stabbing her repeatedly in the neck, his transport to the crime scene, in handcuffs, for the purpose of a prompt showup, was appropriate police procedure ( People v. Breaziel, supra; see also, People v. Foster, 85 N.Y.2d 1012). After the complainant identified defendant as the individual who had attacked her, the officers had probable cause to arrest him and to conduct a search incident to that arrest.

Suppression of defendant's spontaneous statement made immediately after bloody bills were recovered from his pocket during the search incident to arrest, before Miranda warnings were provided, was properly denied since the statements were not made in response to any form of police interrogation ( compare, People v. Barbarisi, 243 A.D.2d 259, lv denied 91 N.Y.2d 868, with People v. Ferro, 63 N.Y.2d 316, cert denied 472 U.S. 1007).

The court properly exercised its discretion by receiving into evidence the five photographs of the crime scene and street where the victim fled after the incident since they demonstrated the violent nature of the attack, defendant's intent to injure the victim, who was not depicted, and served to corroborate her testimony and defendant's statements to the police ( see, People v. Wood, 79 N.Y.2d 958; People v. Pobliner, 32 N.Y.2d 356, cert denied 416 U.S. 905; People v. Cruz, 249 A.D.2d 136).

Concur — Sullivan, J. P., Rosenberger, Rubin, Williams and Mazzarelli, JJ.


Summaries of

People v. Overby

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Department
Jun 16, 1998
251 A.D.2d 163 (N.Y. App. Div. 1998)
Case details for

People v. Overby

Case Details

Full title:THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, Respondent, v. RICHARD OVERBY, Also…

Court:Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Department

Date published: Jun 16, 1998

Citations

251 A.D.2d 163 (N.Y. App. Div. 1998)
674 N.Y.S.2d 339

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