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Criminal Law Keyed to Gershowitz
State v. St. Clair
Citation:262 S.W.2d 25.
The defendant was convicted of robbery. The victim of the robbery was William Rieken, who lived and operated a truck garden and sold the produce from a roadside stand in front of his home. On the night of August 19, 1950, someone knocked at his rear bedroom door. He did not answer. The door was pushed open, a man entered and stated, “We want your money.” The man held a pistol in one hand and a flashlight in the other. The flashlight enabled Rieken to see the intruder. Rieken went into another room, took $325 from his overalls and brought it to the intruder, who threatened to shoot him. When the intruder left the house, Rieken looked through a window, and saw a truck driven away with men in it. He promptly reported the matter to the police and, at the trial, identified defendant as the man who entered his home and robbed him.
Defendant, upon being questioned by the officers, readily admitted participation in the robbery, but also asserted that Young and McNeal had forced him to do so. He testified that in July, before the robbery in August, Young and McNeal shot at him and threatened him, and they told him that if he reported them, they would kill both him and his wife before the officers could get them. Defendant further testified that on the night of the robbery, Young and McNeal asked him to drive his truck to rob Rieken and that if he didn’t do what they said to do, they were going to blow his head out and shoot his wife and boy.
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