FROM THE STONE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT. NO. CR-13-52. HONORABLE
JOHN DAN KEMP, JUDGE.
Greene, for appellant.
Rutledge, Att'y Gen., by: Evelyn D. Gomez, Ass't
Att'y Gen., for appellee.
D. VAUGHT, Judge. ABRAMSON and GRUBER, JJ., agree.
D. VAUGHT, Judge
Kirk Douglas Harris, Jr., was charged in the Stone County
Circuit Court with attempted first-degree murder for
allegedly stabbing and cutting Michael " Mike"
Pringlemeir. Following a jury trial, Harris was convicted of
attempted second-degree murder and sentenced to serve twenty
years' imprisonment in the Arkansas Department of
Correction and to pay a $15,000 fine. On appeal, Harris
argues that the trial court, in limiting the
cross-examination of Mike's wife, Rebecca "
Becky" Pringlemeir, violated his right to confront his
accuser and abused its discretion. We affirm.
Harris is not challenging the sufficiency of the evidence,
only a brief summary of the facts is required. On June 25,
2013, Harris, Mike, and Becky were at the home of Melvin
England drinking alcohol. Becky testified that Harris was on
the phone with his girlfriend when Mike said, " Get off
the phone with the whore." Becky saw Harris jump out of
his chair and scuffle with Mike. Becky separated the men. She
next saw Harris leave the room, return with a large knife,
and head toward Mike. Becky witnessed Harris stab Mike in the
chest and back with the knife and cut his face from his mouth
to his earlobe.
raises one point on appeal--that the trial court erred in
limiting his cross-examination of Becky. During her
cross-examination, Becky stated that she started drinking
alcohol around 6:00 p.m. and stopped drinking around 9:00
p.m. She stated that she was not intoxicated at any point
during the night and that alcohol did not cloud her judgment
or perception. She also testified that before the stabbing,
she and Harris had sex while Mike watched. Defense counsel
Defense Counsel: I don't mean to harp on this issue but I
just--I really want to know the extent of the drinking that
was there, okay? Were you guys--were you drunk whenever you
had sex [with Harris]?
State: Judge, we'd object. Can we approach?
. . . .
State: Judge, she's asked [Becky] this question once.
She's answered. She answered again. . . . This is the
third time. This is repetition. She's answered the