James Love Newman was convicted of murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and five years on the firearm charge. He appeals. 1
Evidence presented at trial showed that Newman and his estranged wife, Doris Eppinger, argued over sex and money. As the argument increased in intensity, Eppinger ran up the stairs. Newman pursued her, firing his handgun five times. Eppinger's two teenage children were in the house and heard the argument and shots fired. Newman left the house looking sick. Shortly thereafter he voluntarily surrendered himself and the gun to the police, saying he wanted to turn himself in because he had murdered his wife. Medical evidence showed that Eppinger suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died of a gunshot wound to her chest. Ballistics testimony identified Newman's gun as the murder weapon.
2. Newman next contends that the evidence does not support the verdict. As we have already noted, the evidence against Newman was overwhelming. It would authorize a rational trier of fact to find the defendant guilty of murder beyond a reasonable doubt. Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U. S. 307 (99 SC 2781, 61 LE2d 560) (1979).
Lewis R. Slaton, District Attorney, Richard E. Hicks, Assistant District Attorney, Michael J. Bowers, Attorney General, Leonora Grant, for appellee.