FROM THE CRITTENDEN COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT [NO. 18CR-17-848],
HONORABLE RANDY F. PHILHOURS, JUDGE
Standridge, for appellant.
Rutledge, Atty Gen., by: Jason Michael Johnson, Asst Atty
Gen., for appellee.
S. HIXSON, Judge
Appellant Tanisha Gillard was convicted in a jury trial of
second-degree murder. The victim was Wesley Booker, who died
as a result of multiple stab and cutting wounds. Tanisha was
sentenced to ten years in prison in addition to a five-year
enhancement for committing the crime in the presence of a
Tanisha now appeals, arguing that there was insufficient
evidence to support her second-degree murder conviction.
Tanisha argues that the State failed to prove that she had
the required mental state to commit the offense. She further
argues that the State did not disprove her claim that she
acted in self-defense. We affirm.
Code Annotated section 5-10-103(a) (Repl. 2013) provides:
(a) A person commits murder in the second degree if:
(1) The person knowingly causes the death of another person
under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the
value of human life; or
(2) With the purpose of causing serious physical injury to
the person causes the death of any person.
reviewing a challenge to the sufficiency of the evidence,
this court determines whether the verdict is supported by
substantial evidence, direct or circumstantial. Medlock
v. State,2016 Ark.App. 282, 493 S.W.3d 789. Substantial
evidence is evidence forceful enough to compel a conclusion
one way or the other beyond suspicion or conjecture.
Id. We review the evidence in the light most
favorable to the State, considering only the evidence that
supports the verdict. Davis v. State, 2016 Ark.App.
274, 493 S.W.3d 339. Weighing the evidence, ...