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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. JONATHAN C. WILLIAMS (06/03/77)

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: June 3, 1977.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
v.
JONATHAN C. WILLIAMS, APPELLANT

COUNSEL

Rudolph S. Pallastrone, Philadelphia, for appellant.

F. Emmett Fitzpatrick, Dist. Atty., Steven H. Goldblatt, Asst. Dist. Atty., Chief, Appeals Div., Maxine Statland, Philadelphia, for appellee.

Jones, C. J., and Eagen, O'Brien, Roberts, Pomeroy, Nix and Manderino, JJ. Jones, Former C. J., did not participate in the decision of this case.

Author: Per Curiam

[ 473 Pa. Page 153]

OPINION OF THE COURT

Appellant Jonathan C. Williams was convicted of murder of the third degree on January 28, 1975 after a bench trial. Post-verdict motions were denied and he was sentenced to a term of six to twenty years imprisonment. This appeal followed.*fn*

Appellant claims: (1) the evidence was insufficient to support the verdict; (2) the evidence establishes that the killing was in self-defense; (3) the trial court erred in admitting certain testimony under the excited utterance exception to the hearsay rule; and (4) the trial court erred in admitting certain testimony because its prejudicial nature outweighed its probative value.

We have reviewed the record and conclude that appellant's claims are without merit.

Judgment of sentence affirmed.


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