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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. REUBEN BRUNSON (05/30/80)

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: May 30, 1980.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
v.
REUBEN BRUNSON, APPELLANT

No. 321 January Term, 1978, Appeal from Judgment of Sentence By The Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Trial Division, Criminal Section, No. 2098 Jan. 1977

COUNSEL

John S. DiGiorgio, Philadelphia, for appellant.

Robert B. Lawler, Chief, Appeals Division, Asst. Dist. Atty., Sarah B. Vandenbraak, Asst. Dist. Atty., for appellee.

Eagen, C. J., and O'Brien, Roberts, Nix, Larsen, Flaherty and Kauffman, JJ.

Author: Larsen

[ 489 Pa. Page 522]

OPINION

Appellant, Reuben Brunson, was convicted in a non-jury trial of murder of the third degree in the fatal beating of Crystal Hooks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 19, 1976. Following the denial of post-trial motions, appellant was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of five to fifteen years. This direct appeal followed.

Appellant's sole contention is that two statements given by him to police should have been suppressed, and thus not introduced at his trial, because at the time the statements were given, appellant was in such poor condition mentally and physically as to render the statements involuntary.

After careful consideration of the record and briefs, we have found this issue to be without merit.

Judgment of sentence affirmed.

19800530

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