ARKANSAS COURT OF APPEALS
NOT DESIGNATED FOR PUBLICATION
BRIAN S. MILLER, JUDGE
October 3, 2007
ANTOINE DEMETRIS BAKER
AN APPEAL FROM THE PULASKI
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT
STATE OF ARKANSAS
CHARLES PIAZZA, JUDGE
A Pulaski County jury found appellant Antoine Baker guilty of murder in the first
degree and sentenced him to 600 months in prison. Baker argues on appeal that the trial
court erred in denying his motion for directed verdict. We affirm.
On appeal, a motion for directed verdict is treated as a challenge to the sufficiency of
the evidence. Boveia v. State, 94 Ark. App. 252, 228 S.W.3d 550 (2006). In reviewing a
challenge to the sufficiency of the evidence, we view the evidence in a light most favorable
to the State and consider only the evidence that supports the verdict. Barnes v. State, 94 Ark.
App. 321, 230 S.W.3d 311 (2006). The test for determining the sufficiency of the evidence
is whether the verdict is supported by substantial evidence, direct or circumstantial. Williams
v. State, 363 Ark. 395, 214 S.W.3d 829 (2005). Substantial evidence is evidence that is of
sufficient certainty and precision to compel a conclusion one way or the other and pass
beyond mere suspicion or conjecture. Id.
There was substantial evidence supporting Baker’s conviction. Baker was charged
with capital murder in the death of Bryant Caster; however, the jury found him guilty of
murder in the first degree. A person commits murder in the first degree if “with a purpose
of causing the death of another person, the person causes the death of another person.” Ark.
Code Ann. § 5-10-102(a)(2) (Repl. 2006). A person acts purposely with re