State v. ChapmanAnnotate this Case
After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of one count each of arson, burglary, aggravated criminal mischief, and theft. Defendant subsequently filed a motion for a judgment of acquittal as to the arson conviction. After a hearing, the trial court granted the motion and acquitted Defendant of the arson charge. The State appealed, arguing that there was sufficient evidence upon which a jury could have concluded that Defendant committed arson, either directly or as an accomplice. The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of acquittal, holding that the trial court erred in entering the judgment of acquittal, as there was sufficient evidence from which the jury could have concluded beyond a reasonable doubt that Defendant was an accomplice to arson.