March 8, 1985.
IN RE: Robert Matthews, Applying for Supervisory Writs to the Court of Appeal, First Circuit; Parish of East Feliciana, 20th Judicial District Court, Number 7-83-306.
Granted. This case is remanded to the Court of Appeal for reconsideration under the proper standard of review. When the accused asserts justification as a defense to murder, the state bears the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the killing was not justified. State v. Lynch, 436 So.2d 567 (La. 1983); State v. Patterson, 295 So.2d 792 (La. 1974). On review, the question therefore is not whether a rational fact-finder could have found that the state had proved the essential elements of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. The applicable standard is whether a rational fact-finder, after viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the prosecution, could have found beyond a reasonable doubt that the homicide was not committed in self-defense or in defense of others. Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U.S. 307, 99 S.Ct. 2781, 61 L.Ed.2d 560 (1979); State v. Faulkner, 441 So.2d 721 (La. 1983); State v. Lynch, supra.
LEMMON, J., would grant and schedule for argument.
DENNIS, J., would deny the writ.