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Ruffin v. U.S.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS


June 9, 1994

SHAWN M. RUFFIN, APPELLANT
v.
UNITED STATES, APPELLEE

Appeal from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia; (Hon. A. Franklin Burgess, Trial Judge)

Before Farrell and King, Associate Judges, and Kern, Senior Judge.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kern

KERN, Senior Judge: In the early evening of July 9, 1991, near the intersection of First and Kennedy Streets, N.W., appellant and four others -- all armed -- positioned the car in which they were riding beside that of Mr. George Younger, with whom they had an ongoing dispute, and opened fire upon him. The ten to fifteen shots they fired wounded Younger, killed Ms. Marcia Williams who was driving in the vicinity of the shooting, and wounded one of her children who was riding in the front passenger seat of her car.

A jury convicted appellant in June 1992 of first-degree premeditated murder of Ms. Marcia Williams, D.C. Code §§ 22-2401, -3202 (1989); assault with intent to kill while armed ("AWIKWA") on Mr. George Younger and Dwayne Walker (Ms. Williams' son), id. at §§ 22-501, -3202; and assault with a dangerous weapon on Mr. Ronald Moten and Ms. Michelle Royster (passengers in Mr. Younger's auto at the time of the shooting), id. at §§ 22-502, -3202. *fn1

The trial court imposed consecutive sentences upon appellant of twenty years to life imprisonment for the murder of Ms. Williams, ten years to life for the assault with intent to kill upon her son, ten years to life for the assault with intent to kill upon Mr. Younger, two to ten years for each of the two convictions for assault with a dangerous weapon, and one year for carrying an unlicensed pistol. The trial court also sentenced appellant to five to fifteen years for possessing a firearm while engaging in a crime of violence, but this sentence was to run concurrently with the other sentences.

Appellant asserts that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to support his conviction for first-degree murder, and his two convictions for assault with a dangerous weapon. He also urges that since a single bullet, out of the ten to fifteen that were fired, mortally wounded Ms. Williams as well as injured her son, his conviction for assault with intent to kill the child must be vacated. Further, subsequent to submission of his brief and prior to oral argument, appellant brought to this court's attention a recent decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals, Ford v. State, 330 Md. 682, 625 A.2d 984 (Md. 1993), which deals with the application of the so-called transferred intent theory upon which the prosecution proceeded in this case. According to appellant, Ford supports his argument for reversal of his convictions for first-degree murder of Ms. Williams and AWIKWA against her son, Dwayne Walker. We affirm.

I. The Murder Conviction

Sufficiency of the Evidence

Appellant states (Brief at 30-32) his contentions as to the insufficiency of the evidence to support the murder conviction as follows:

There was no evidence that Ruffin premeditated or deliberated a homicide. Even assuming, arguendo, that appellant fired the fatal shot (from a gun never found) he was at most guilty of second degree murder, not of a premeditated and deliberated murder. . . . In sum, Shawn Ruffin simply had no motive to murder George Younger in cold blood. . . . Since he lacked the mens rea for the premeditated murder of George Younger, there was insufficient evidence to support his conviction for the premeditated murder of Marcia Williams under the doctrine of transferred intent.

Appellant argues in Conclusion (Brief at 46) that this court must reverse his first-degree murder conviction and "order a new trial on the lesser included offense of the second-degree murder of Marcia Williams. . . ."

We preliminarily note that first-degree murder is a purposeful killing with "premeditated and deliberate malice," D.C. Code § 22-2401 (1989), while second-degree murder is "unplanned or impulsive." Watson v. United States, 501 A.2d 791, 792 (D.C. 1985); Hall v. United States, 454 A.2d 314, 317 (D.C. 1982). To support a finding of premeditation the government must show that before acting the accused "gave thought to the idea of taking a human life and reached a definite decision to kill." Mills v. United States, 599 A.2d 775, 781 (D.C. 1991) (quoting McAdoo v. United States, 515 A.2d 412, 427 (D.C. 1986)). Deliberation requires a showing that "the accused acted with consideration and reflection upon the preconceived design to kill," Mills, supra, 599 A.2d at 781, and may occur in a period "as brief as a few seconds." Watson,supra, 501 A.2d at 793. Premeditation and deliberation may be inferred from surrounding facts and circumstances. McAdoo, supra, 515 A.2d at 427; Hall, supra, 454 A.2d at 317. A motive to seek revenge, particularly if it arises well before the commission of the crime, reinforces such an inference. Mills, supra, 599 A.2d at 781.

Our standard of review when the defendant asserts insufficiency of the evidence at trial is "whether there was sufficient evidence from which a reasonable juror could fairly conclude guilt beyond a reasonable doubt." McAdoo, supra, 515 A.2d at 427 (quoting Jones v. United States, 477 A.2d 231, 236 (D.C. 1984)(quoting Head v. United States, 451 A.2d 615, 622 (D.C. 1982))). In order to make this determination "this court must view all of the evidence in the light most favorable to the government, with due regard for the jury's right to weigh the evidence, to determine the credibility of witnesses, and to draw reasonable inferences." Mills, supra, 599 A.2d at 780 (citing Irick v. United States, 565 A.2d 26, 30 (D.C. 1989)). We do not distinguish between direct and circumstantial evidence. Jones, supra, 477 A.2d at 246; Byrd v. United States, 388 A.2d 1225, 1229 (D.C. 1978). Applying our standard of review to this record, we find ample evidence from which the jury could conclude that appellant formed an intent to kill George Younger with the requisite premeditation and deliberation to support his conviction of murder in the first degree.

The evidence presented at trial showed that at the time of the attack on Younger, appellant occupied the front passenger seat of a car driven by George Jeffries. The other passengers in this vehicle were the brothers Dwight and Garnett Davis, and a juvenile, Niles Dabney. Tr. I, 625-26. *fn2 The attack was the culminating event in an ongoing "beef" that paired Younger and his friend "Bimbo" against the Davis brothers and their companions. The beef began when Younger and Bimbo alleged that Garnett Davis and Tony Watkins had burglarized Bimbo's apartment and that Garnett Davis had stolen $30,000. Tr. I, 607-15, Tr. 6/12 P.M., 45-46.

One week prior to the shooting, Bimbo and Younger had gone to the Davis' home to discuss these allegations. *fn3 At that meeting, Dwight Davis argued with Bimbo, stating that his brother had not been involved in the theft. Tr. I, 614-15; Tr. 6/12 P.M., 48-49. Appellant was observed standing in the hallway of the Davis' home at the Conclusion of the meeting but was not in the kitchen where the Discussion took place. Tr. 6/12 P.M., 49-50.

The next day appellant, as well as Dwight Davis, George Jeffries and Tony Watkins were riding in Davis' car when they saw Younger walking his dog. They exited their vehicle and Dwight Davis stepped forward to question Younger as to whether Younger still believed Davis' brother was involved in the burglary. Tr. I, 616-19. Younger responded that nothing had changed and then lifted his shirt to display a pistol he was carrying in the waistband of his pants. Tr. 6/12 P.M., 53-56. Appellant and his friends then returned to their car. Tr. 6/12 P.M., 56. Although appellant was present during this confrontation, he did not say anything. Tr. I, 617; Tr. 6/12 P.M., 84.

Prior to the shooting on the evening of July 9th, appellant, the Davis brothers, Jeffries and Dabney, all of whom were armed, drove Dwight Davis' girlfriend to an appointment in Maryland. Tr. I, 624-25. As the six of them drove back into their neighborhood, Garnett Davis saw Younger's car moving in the opposite direction and told the driver, George Jeffries, to turn around and follow Younger. Tr. I, 629, 716. *fn4 Jeffries made the necessary turns around a block so that they could follow Younger's vehicle. During this time appellant and the others stopped the car in order to enable Davis' girlfriend to alight from the vehicle. Tr. I, 630, 814. Appellant and the others then followed Younger for half of a mile, a route that takes two and one-half to four minutes to travel. Tr. II, 47.

There was evidence that as they followed Younger's car Jeffries tried to persuade the others not to "do it" because there were too many cars around. Tr. I, 709-10. *fn5 The others responded that this was the "best time." Tr. I, 709. They approached Younger's car when it was stopped at a traffic light. By happenstance, Ms. Williams' car was nearby. Appellant was seated in the front passenger seat. They veered to the left in order to pull up alongside Younger's vehicle. Tr. I, 631. Then, appellant, Jeffries, Dabney and the Davis brothers opened fire, unloosing ten to fifteen shots which wounded Younger, killed Ms. Williams and wounded her son. *fn6

We are persuaded on the basis of this evidence that the jury could reasonably conclude that appellant acted with "consideration and reflection upon the preconceived design to kill." Mills, supra, 599 A.2d at 781. The jury could properly find a motive supporting a reasonable inference of premeditation and deliberation on the part of appellant upon the basis of his aligning himself with the Davis brothers in their "beef" with Younger, followed by Younger's hostile display of his pistol when appellant and others confronted him on the street after the meeting at the Davis' home. See Mills, supra, 599 A.2d at 780-84; Hall, supra, 454 A.2d at 317; Harris v. United States, 375 A.2d 505, 508 (D.C. 1977).

Moreover, there was evidence that appellant and the others, after sighting Younger's car and turning to follow it, stopped to discharge from their vehicle the woman who was with them and the further evidence that in spite of one participant's attempt to dissuade the others from their pursuit of Younger, they continued to pursue his car. A jury could reasonably find on the basis of all of this evidence that appellant and the other men in the car had reached a decision to pursue and kill Younger and that they had had time to reflect on that decision. See Watson, supra, 501 A.2d at 795; Hall, supra, 454 A.2d at 318.

Finally, appellant's decision (and that of his associates) to carry weapons in the car while driving to the scene of the shooting provides additional evidence probative of premeditation and deliberation on appellant's part. See Thacker v. United States, 599 A.2d 52, 57 (D.C. 1991) (citing McAdoo, supra, 515 A.2d at 427); Hall, supra, 454 A.2d at 318. Moreover, the modus operandi employed by appellant and the others in unloosing a hail of bullets at Younger is characteristic of a "drive-by" shooting and reflects planning and calculation. *fn7 See McAdoo, supra, 515 A.2d at 427 (manner and circumstances of decedent's death support Conclusion of "planned and calculated intent to kill") (citations omitted).

Transferred Intent

The trial Judge instructed the jurors that under the theory of transferred intent they could attribute appellant's premeditation and deliberation in firing at Younger to the first-degree murder charge arising from the death of Marcia Williams and the AWIKWA charge arising from the injury to Dwayne Walker. The Judge stated:

Under the principle of transferred intent, one who intends to kill one person and kills another person is deemed to have committed whatever form of homicide would have been committed, had he killed the intended victim. . . . If he harms but does not kill another person, he's guilty of assault with intent to kill the other person if the government proves an assault against the other person along with assault with intent to kill the intended victim. In each instance, the intent to kill the intended victim is transferred by operation of law to the unintended victim.

Tr. II, 293.

Appellant made no objections to the instructions as given. Tr. II, 302. On appeal, appellant acknowledged (Brief at 38) that "in this jurisdiction, the theory of transferred intent applies to non-lethal assaults as well as to homicides" (citing In re E.D.P., 573 A.2d 1307 (D.C. 1990) (applying the theory of transferred intent to a specific intent assault); O'Connor v. United States, 399 A.2d 21 (D.C. 1979) (concluding that the doctrine of transferred intent is part of the law of the District of Columbia and approving its application in a first-degree murder case)). *fn8 Several days prior to oral argument in the instant case, appellant's conscientious counsel filed a letter pursuant to D.C. App. R. 28 (k) citing Ford v. State, 330 Md. 682, 625 A.2d 984 (Md. 1993), a Maryland case decided after appellant's brief was filed. In Ford, the Court of Appeals of Maryland, in dicta, stated that the doctrine of transferred intent should not apply to attempted murder or specific intent assaults in which the crime is completed against the intended victim. Thus, the court appeared to disavow its reasoning in the earlier case of State v. Wilson, supra note 8. In light of the issues raised by Ford this court requested and received supplemental briefing on the issue of transferred intent subsequent to oral argument of the instant case.

Appellant now contends that (Supplemental Brief at 4) "the proper application of Ford to the facts of this case should result in reversal of [appellant's] convictions for first degree murder of Marcia Williams and the AWIKWA on Dwayne Walker." According to appellant (Supplemental Brief at 6), the precise issue raised in the instant case is "whether the concept of transferred intent applies to unintended victims of specific intent assaults when the intended victim is actually injured, and when the defendant is prosecuted, convicted, and punished for the harm done to the intended victim."

Without resolving disputed procedural and statutory construction issues regarding whether this claim can now be raised and what weight, if any, this court should accord Ford, *fn9 we conclude that even if we were to assume that Ford is an authoritative exposition of the common law of transferred intent the decision in Ford does not support the reversal of appellant's conviction for the first-degree murder of Marcia Williams. *fn10 Moreover, while Ford does speak more directly to appellant's contention regarding the AWIKWA of Dwayne Walker, we nevertheless find sufficient support in Ford to sustain this conviction. *fn11

The Ford court concluded that

the purpose of transferred intent is to link the mental state directed towards an intended victim . . . with the actual harm caused to another person. In effect, transferred intent makes a whole crime out of two component halves. . . . Transferred intent does not make two crimes out of one. Where the crime intended has actually been committed against the intended victim, transferred intent is unnecessary and should not be applied to acts against unintended victims.

625 A.2d at 997-98.

The court in Ford extensively cites People v. Birreuta, id. at 998-99 (citing 162 Cal. App. 3d 454, 460, 208 Cal. Rptr. 635, 638-39 (1984)), a case in which the defendant was convicted at trial of two first-degree murders arising from an incident in which he killed both his intended victim and an unintended victim. In reversing appellant's conviction for the first-degree murder of the unintended victim, the Birreuta court wrote: "The function of the transferred intent doctrine [in first-degree murder cases] is to insure the adequate punishment of those who accidentally kill innocent bystanders, while failing to kill their intended victims. But for the transferred intent doctrine, such people could escape punishment for murder, even though they deliberately and premeditatedly killed -- because of their 'lucky' mistake." Id. at 998 (quoting Birreuta, supra).

Relying on Birreuta, the Ford court reasoned that where the crime charged is assault, and the assault has been completed with respect to the intended victim, the theory of transferred intent cannot be used to convict the defendant of an additional specific intent assault against an unintended victim. Id. at 999. Accordingly, appellant cites Ford to support his contention that because he committed AWIKWA on his intended victim, Younger, his intent to kill could not be transferred to Marcia Williams to sustain his conviction for first-degree murder.

We reject appellant's contention because it fails to recognize that Ford's reasoning with regard to transferred intent in the context of specific intent assaults is inapplicable here where a defendant fails in his attempt to kill his intended victim but mortally wounds an unintended victim. It is only by pairing appellant's premeditated and deliberate intent to kill Younger with the actual harm (death) caused to Marcia Williams that the proper punishment can be imposed on appellant under the circumstances of this case. Thus, appellant's reliance upon Ford is misplaced insofar as he argues that Ford requires vacating his first-degree murder conviction.

II. The Assault with a Dangerous Weapon Convictions

Appellant argues (Brief at 44-45) that there was insufficient evidence to support his two convictions for assault with a dangerous weapon, *fn12 asserting:

There was insufficient evidence for a jury reasonably to conclude that one or more shots were intentionally fired at Michelle Royster or Ronald Moten. . . . Moten and Ms. Royster were not the targets or intended victims of assaults. Since no shots or other assaultive actions were intentionally directed against them, and they were not physically injured, appellant Ruffin must be acquitted of assaulting them.

To convict on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon the prosecution must prove each of the elements of assault in addition to proving that the assault was committed with a dangerous weapon. Parks v. United States, 627 A.2d 1, 5 (D.C. 1993) (citing Williamson v. United States, 445 A.2d 975, 978 (D.C. 1982)). The three elements of simple assault are: (1) an act on the part of the accused (which need not result in injury); (2) the apparent present ability to injure the victim at the time the act is committed; and (3) the intent to perform the act which constitutes the assault at the time the act is committed. Id. (citations omitted); see CRIMINAL JURY INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, No. 4.07 (4th ed. 1993). *fn13

The intent element of assault is "the general 'intent to perform the acts which constitute the assault.'" Smith v. United States, 593 A.2d 205, 207 (D.C. 1991) (quoting Williamson, supra, 445 A.2d at 978). Thus, the weapon need not be used with a conscious purpose to inflict injury. Sousa v. United States, 400 A.2d 1036, 1044 (D.C.), cert. denied, 444 U.S. 981, 62 L. Ed. 2d 408, 100 S. Ct. 484 (1979). "It is not the secret intent of the assaulting party, . . . that is material, but what his conduct and the attending circumstances denote at the time to the party assaulted. . . . It is the outward demonstration that constitutes the mischief which is punished as a breach of the peace." Id. (citation omitted).

Although appellant admits (Brief at 41) that assault with a dangerous weapon is a general intent crime, be maintains that a conviction may be had only where the defendant "intentionally directs some hostile action against the particular person who is the victim of the crime." (Emphasis added.) While there was no direct evidence presented that he observed either Mr. Motten or Ms. Royster in Younger's car, there was sufficient circumstantial evidence to support the jury's reasonable inference that appellant was cognizant that Younger was not alone. See Jones, supra, 477 A.2d at 246 (no distinction between direct and circumstantial evidence). Knowledge of the passenger's presence rather than a particular intent to harm them is sufficient under the circumstances presented here. *fn14

Niles Dabney, who was seated in the rear of the car in which appellant was a passenger, testified that five seconds before the shooting began he saw that there were passengers in Younger's car. There was evidence that appellant was looking in the direction of Younger's car at the time Dabney made this observation. Tr. I, 825-31. George Jeffries, who was seated in the driver's seat across from appellant, saw a passenger in the front seat of Younger's car. Tr. I, 633. Two bystander eyewitnesses also noted that more than one person was visible through the untinted windows of Younger's car. One bystander saw a passenger in the front seat, and the other bystander said that there were at least three persons in Younger's car. Tr. 1, 287, 316 The jury could reasonably infer from this evidence that appellant, who was seated in the front passenger seat of the shooters' car, was as able as either Jeffries or Dabney to see inside Younger's car. The evidence showed that Jeffries veered the shooters' car to the left to pull up alongside Younger immediately prior to the group opening fire. Therefore, appellant was extremely close to the Younger car before they began shooting at it.

Evidence supporting the inference that appellant could see three persons in Younger's car as he joined in unloosing a hail of gunfire at the vehicle is sufficient to sustain his convictions for the general intent crime of assault with a dangerous weapon against Mr. Motten and Ms. Royster. This is so even if appellant and the other assailants did not specifically aim at them or intentionally seek to harm them. Appellant's knowledge that others in addition to Younger were in his car constituted a "potential for serious bodily harm through the reckless use of dangerous weapons," which is one of the concerns underlying the prohibition on assault with a dangerous weapon. See Parker v. United States, 123 U.S. App. D.C. 343, 346, 359 F.2d 1009, 1012 (1966).

Moreover, the pertinent inquiry in an assault case is "whether the assailant acted in such a manner as would under the circumstances portend an immediate threat of danger to a person of reasonable sensibility." Sousa, supra, 400 A.2d at 1044 (quoting Anthony v. United States, 361 A.2d 202, 206 (D.C. 1976)). In this case, the intentional firing of multiple shots into the confined space of a small passenger vehicle could sustain an assault charge on each occupant of the car, even if the assailant did not have actual knowledge that such passengers were present.

III. The Conviction for AWIKWA Against Dwayne Walker Single Assaultive Act

Appellant argues (Brief at 37-38), with respect to his conviction for AWIKWA of Dwayne Walker (the child of Marcia Williams who was seated in the front seat of her car) that

The prosecutor consistently argued, and the evidence showed, that the same bullet inflicted the injuries on mother and son. Appellant Ruffin was convicted of both the murder of Marcia Williams and AWIK on Dwayne Walker based on the doctrine of transferred intent -- the intent to kill Younger. Under controlling case law, however, a single assaultive intent, coupled with a single bullet, constitutes only a single assault (or homicide). Accordingly, appellant's conviction for AWIK on Dwayne Walker must be vacated.

The record reflects that the bullet that killed Marcia Williams grazed the temple of Dwayne Walker. Appellant essentially argues that the single bullet can give rise to either a charge of assault or homicide, but not both. Appellant relies primarily on Ladner v. United States, 358 U.S. 169, 3 L. Ed. 2d 199, 79 S. Ct. 209 (1958), and United States v. Alexander, 152 U.S. App. D.C. 371, 471 F.2d 923, cert. denied, 409 U.S. 1044 (1972), to support his argument. Such reliance is misplaced because the instant case is clearly distinguishable from both Ladner and Alexander.

In Ladner, appellant violated a federal statute prohibiting the assault of federal officers when he fired a single shotgun blast into a car in which two federal officers were seated. Both of the officers sustained injuries and consequently appellant was convicted on two counts of violating the federal statute. The Supreme Court overturned one of the convictions, holding that the single blast gave rise to only one assault. The Court relied on its interpretation of the purpose of the federal statute, *fn15 rather than a controlling legal principle limiting the number of charges that can arise where a single gunshot results in multiple injuries. *fn16

Alexander is also distinguishable because the court there held that a single gunshot directed at a group which "put in fear" gave rise to only one charge of assault. 152 U.S. App. D.C. at 381, 471 F.2d at 933. In the instant case, appellant and the other assailants fired a number of shots, one of which both killed Ms. Williams and wounded her son. The fact that actual contact between the bullet fired and two different persons occurred distinguishes the instant case from assault with intent to kill and assault with a dangerous weapon cases in which victims were put in fear but were not injured, see id.; Joiner, supra note 14; or where only one victim was injured. See Clark v. United States, 633 A.2d 37 (D.C. 1993).

Our decisions in Murray v. United States, 358 A.2d 314 (D.C. 1976), and Williams v. United States, 569 A.2d 97 (D.C. 1989), are applicable to and persuasive in the decision of the instant case. In these cases, a single act by a motorist resulted in multiple deaths, and so convictions for multiple counts of negligent homicide, Murray, and manslaughter, Williams, were sustained. The key factor in these cases was the court's Conclusion that the statute defining the crime charged was intended to protect individual victims, and that the imposition of multiple punishments for a single act was not disproportionate with the appellant's criminal responsibility. See Murray, supra, 358 A.2d at 320 (distinguishing the statute at issue from that construed in Ladner, supra); Williams, supra, 569 A.2d at 104. Where "multiple deaths are a foreseeable result of a reckless act, . . . the fact that only one person, rather then several, may have died should be regarded as a fortuity that prevents what otherwise would be an expected -- and justified -- greater punishment." Williams, supra, 569 A.2d at 104. Thus, the Williams court concluded that "the offense of manslaughter in the District of Columbia is determined by reference to the number of victims who die as a result of the defendant's actions, not by reference to the number of acts causing death." Id.

Although this court has not previously reviewed the statutory crimes of murder and AWIK to determine whether multiple convictions can arise from a single criminal act, we think it beyond question that the purpose of both statutory prohibitions is the protection of individuals. *fn17 Thus, reasoning from Murray and Williams, we hold that where a single assaultive act results in the criminal injury of multiple victims, there may be as many offenses as there are victims. On the facts of this case, the trial court was justified in allowing the jury to determine whether appellant was guilty of one or both of these charges. *fn18

Transferred Intent

Appellant also argues, relying on Ford v. State, supra, that the theory of transferred intent cannot be used to sustain the AWIKWA conviction arising from the injury of Dwayne Walker by the bullets fired at George Younger because the jury convicted appellant of AWIKWA against Younger.

Appellant's reliance on Ford is misplaced, for even if we adopted the reasoning in Ford for the purpose of determining this appeal, we would not reverse appellant's conviction for AWIKWA against Dwayne Walker. This is because the Ford court does not abandon the result it reached in Wilson, supra (upholding convictions for attempted murder vis-a-vis the intended victim and the injured bystander), but rather provides that, in circumstances where the theory of concurrent intent is applicable, a defendant can be convicted of murder or assault with intent to kill of bystander victims even where the defendant has been convicted of murder or assault with intent to kill against the intended victim. The court declares in Ford that under the theory of concurrent intent "where the means employed to commit the crime against a primary victim [ e.g., a hail of gunfire] create a zone of harm around that victim, the factfinder can reasonably infer that the defendant intended that harm to all who are in the anticipated zone." Ford, supra, 625 A.2d at 1001.

In the instant case, the evidence was that appellant and his fellow assailants unloosed a hail of bullets at Younger. One bullet injured him but another killed Marcia Williams and wounded Dwayne Walker who were in appellant's "direct line of fire." Id. Under these circumstances, "the evidence permitted finding concurrent intent to kill everyone in the path of the bullets." Id. Thus, the conviction for AWIKWA of Dwayne Walker can be sustained upon the theory of concurrent intent expressly recognized by Ford. *fn19

In sum, we are persuaded that the trial court did not commit reversible error in the instant case; and therefore, the judgments must be and are

Affirmed.


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