ARKANSAS COURT OF APPEALS
NOT DESIGNATED FOR PUBLICATION
ROBERT J. GLADWIN, JUDGE
STATE OF ARKANSAS
May 31, 2006
APPEAL FROM THE PULASKI
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT
HON. WILLARD PROCTOR,
Appellant Robert Stiggers was convicted of first-degree murder and first-degree
battery, for which he was sentenced to forty years’ imprisonment and twenty years’
imprisonment, respectively, to be served consecutively in the Arkansas Department of
Correction. His sole point on appeal is a challenge to the sufficiency of the evidence. We
On January 10, 2003, the Little Rock Police Department responded to a shooting
incident in the Hollingsworth Courts neighborhood. Officer Zachary Farley was the first
to arrive, at which time he was directed to a vehicle in which shooting victim Raynaud
Muldrew was discovered. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Sergeant Sidney Allen
arrived shortly thereafter and discovered Wardell Newsome lying on the ground near the
vehicle. He had been shot four times in the right shoulder and once behind his right ear.
While at the scene, Newsome told Sgt. Allen that appellant was the person who shot him.
Newsome was treated by Dr. Ronald Robertson at UAMS for non-life-threatening
soft tissue wounds caused by the shooting. Detectives Eric Knowles and Keith Cockrell
questioned Newsome about the incident while he was undergoing treatment at UAMS.
Newsome explained that he had borrowed a friend’s car earlier in the evening and picked
up Muldrew. He told the detectives that Muldrew had purchased marijuana and then the
two of them went to a liquor store to purchase cigarettes and a couple of Swisher cigars.
While there, they saw appellant, who asked for a ride to Hollingsworth Courts. Appellant
was riding directly behind Newsome in the back seat of the car, and during the ride,
appellant apparently became aggressive and started yelling. Newsome stated that, at one
point, he turned around and noticed th