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1973 OK CR 272
510 P.2d 998
Case Number: A-18186
Decided: 05/30/1973
Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals

An appeal from the District Court of Oklahoma County; A.P. Van Meter, Judge.

John Richard Anderson, appellant, was convicted for the offense of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, After Former Conviction of a Felony and sentenced to fifteen (15) years imprisonment and he appeals. Judgment and sentence reversed and remanded.

Don Anderson, Public Defender, Oklahoma County, for appellant.

Larry Derryberry, Atty. Gen., Fred H. Anderson, Asst. Atty. Gen., Linda Frye, Legal Intern., for appellee.


BUSSEY, Judge:

¶1 Appellant, John Richard Anderson, hereinafter referred to as defendant, was charged, tried and convicted in the District Court of Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, Case No. 322-85, for the offense of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, After Former Conviction of a Felony, his punishment was fixed at fifteen (15) years imprisonment and from said judgment and sentence, an appeal has been perfected to this Court.

¶2 We do not deem it necessary to recite the statement of facts in that the cause must be reversed.

¶3 A police officer testified that he interrogated defendant while in jail custody and beforehand warned defendant of his "rights" as follows:

"A. Well, at or may have one

"Q. Excuse me, I'm sorry, go ahead.

"A. And that he if he couldn't afford one that he would be appointed a lawyer from the while he would be appointed a lawyer by the Court." (Tr. 48)

The warning given by the officer falls far short of the requirements set forth in Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 86 S. Ct. 1602, 16 L. Ed. 2d 694. The record is totally devoid of any response by the defendant that he understood his "rights."

¶4 We next observe that the trial court did not conduct a Jackson v. Denno

¶5 We finally observe that the arresting officer interjected an evidentiary harpoon into the trial. In response to the question, "What did you do?" the officer testified as follows:

"Immediately after placing Mr. Anderson under arrest and placing the handcuffs on him, and putting him in the scout car we checked about a complaint signed against the subject for a breach of contract, I believe, and also a counter warrant was also on file." (Tr. 32)

¶6 The judgment and sentence is accordingly reversed and remanded.

BLISS, P.J., and BRETT, J., concur.


1 378 U.S. 368, 84 S. Ct. 1774, 12 L. Ed. 2d 908.