Commonwealth v. FrenchAnnotate this Case
After a jury-waived trial, Defendant was found guilty of breaking and entering in the daytime with the intent to commit a felony and larceny of property over $250. Defendant’s fingerprint at the crime scene constituted the only identification evidence. On appeal, Defendant argued that the evidence was insufficient to support the convictions. The Appeals Court affirmed. The Supreme Judicial Court reversed, holding that the evidence was not sufficient to find, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Defendant left his fingerprint at the time of the break-in, and therefore, there was insufficient evidence to support the convictions.