Court of Appeals of Kentucky.




Oct. 27, 1922.

Appeal from Circuit Court, Bell County.

J. N. Baker was convicted of unlawfully selling intoxicating liquor, and he appeals. Affirmed.

On a trial for unlawfully selling intoxicating liquor, evidence held to warrant a finding that the sale was made within the county in which the prosecution was had.


Appellant, J. N. Baker, was convicted in the Bell circuit court of the offense of unlawfully selling intoxicating liquor to Ollie Cole. He was adjudged to pay a fine to the commonwealth of $300, and to be confined in the county jail 60 days.

Several errors are alleged to have been committed on the trial in the circuit court, but counsel for appellant merely suggest the points without citing authority or advancing any argument to sustain them. They are all without merit, and, in our judgment, only one of them is entitled to consideration in this opinion. That one is that the trial court erred in not granting a new trial, because the offense was not committed in Bell county, but was committed, if at all, in Knox county. The testimony of a half-brother of appellant is relied on as supporting this contention. That witness testified that the prosecuting witness had stated before the trial, that the liquor was bought in Knox county. On the trial, however, the prosecuting witness said that he bought the liquor from appellant at a point 200 or 300 yards below the railroad bridge across the Cumberland river, near the mouth of Greasy creek; that he did not know the location of the line between Knox and Bell counties, but believed that the place where he bought the liquor was in Bell county. The commonwealth then introduced Robert Vanbever, a former sheriff and county judge of Bell county, and he testified that he knew the location of the line between the two counties, and the point referred to by the prosecuting witness was in Bell county, and that the line between the counties was half a mile below the bridge referred to by the prosecuting witness. Thus it was made to appear for the commonwealth that the offense was committed in Bell county. Certainly there was ample evidence to that effect, and under the instructions a conviction was not authorized unless the offense was committed in that county. It is plain, therefore, that appellant's position on this point is untenable.

The judgment is affirmed.


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