FROM THE JEFFERSON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT [NO. 35CR-18-354],
HONORABLE ALEX GUYNN, JUDGE
Law Office, by: Gary W. Potts, Monticello, for appellant.
Rutledge, Atty Gen., by: Jason Michael Johnson, Asst Atty
Gen., for appellee.
S. HIXSON, Judge
Appellant Cedric Williams was convicted in a jury trial of
residential burglary and third-degree battery. Williams was
sentenced to a twenty-year prison term for residential
burglary to be served concurrently with one year of
incarceration for third-degree battery. Williamss sole
on appeal is that there was insufficient evidence to support
his residential-burglary conviction. We affirm.
person commits residential burglary if he enters or remains
unlawfully in a residential occupiable structure of another
person with the purpose of committing in the residential
occupiable structure any offense punishable by imprisonment.
Ark. Code Ann. § 5-39-201(a)(1) (Repl. 2013). When an
appellant challenges 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, reconciling
conflicts in the testimony, and assessing credibility are all
matters exclusively for the trier of fact, in this case the
Bankston testified for the State. Bankston stated that she
was once married to Williams and that they have three
children together who are now adults. However, Bankston and
Williams have been divorced since 1999. Bankston stated that
she would occasionally pay Williams to come to her house to
fix things but that this was strictly business. She also
testified that she typically kept her doors locked and her
alarm on while she was home because Williams would sometimes
walk into her home as though he lived there. Bankston stated
that Williams was not allowed in her house unless she invited
burglary and third-degree battery occurred at Bankstons
house on June 29, 2018, and the battery victim was Kevin
Patillo. Patillo has a disability and uses a walker, and
Williams and Patillo have known each other since childhood
and were once friends.
Bankston testified that on that date she was preparing to go
on vacation to Florida and was in her car. She saw Williams
coming across her yard, and because of their history, she was
reluctant to get out of the car. According to Bankston,
Patillos car, which Williams recognized, was parked outside
her house. When Williams approached Bankstons car, Bankston
told him she was getting ready to go to Florida. Patillo was
in the house and was going to help care for Bankstons
granddaughter while Bankston was gone. According to Bankston,
Williams accused her of planning to take Patillo with her to
Florida, and she told Williams that Patillo was not going
with her. Before getting out of her car, Bankston asked
Williams to leave but Williams refused.
Bankston testified that after she got out of the car,
Williams followed her to the front door of the house.
Bankston did not invite him inside the house, and Williams
pushed her out of the way and entered. As soon as Williams
walked inside the house, he went to the couch where Patillo
was sitting, "snatched him off the couch," and
began hitting him. Bankston stated that Williams got on top
of Patillo, kicked him in the ribs, and hit him in the head.
As Patillo was being attacked by Williams, Patillo was unable
to defend himself. During the altercation, Bankston told
Williams to leave but he refused. Bankston yelled for her
daughter to call the police, and Bankston tried to pull
Williams off Patillo. However, Williams overpowered her.
Williams eventually left before the police arrived.
testified that he has a disabling condition known ...