ARKANSAS COURT OF APPEALS
NOT DESIGNATED FOR PUBLICATION
SARAH J. HEFFLEY, JUDGE
STATE OF ARKANSAS
CA CR 07-74
October 3, 2007
APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
HONORABLE JOHN W. LANGSTON,
A jury in Pulaski County found appellant, Lashawn King, guilty of second-degree battery for
which she was sentenced as an habitual offender to ten years in prison. For reversal, appellant
contends that the jury’s verdict is not supported by substantial evidence. We disagree and affirm.
Arkansas Code Annotated section 5-13-202(a)(2) (Supp. 2007) provides that a person
commits second-degree battery if, with the purpose of causing physical injury to another person, the
person causes physical injury to any person by means of a deadly weapon other than a firearm. A
person acts purposely with respect to her conduct or a result of her conduct when it is the person’s
conscious object to engage in conduct of that nature or to cause the result. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-2-
202(1) (Repl. 2006).
The test for determining the sufficiency of the evidence is whether the verdict is supported
The jury was given an instruction on accomplice liability.
by substantial evidence, direct or circumstantial. Bowker v. State, 363 Ark. 345, 214 S.W.3d 243
(2005). Evidence is substantial if it is of sufficient force and character to compel reasonable minds
to reach a conclusion and pass beyond suspicion and conjecture. Id. On appeal, we view the
evidence in the light most favorable to the State, considering only the evidence that supports the
On June 25, 2005, the victim, Frances Hunt, was participating in a study at the Arkansas
Research Center. She was accompanied by her sisters, Kizzie McDowell and Ora McClure, and their
brother Cornelius, who is mentally retarded. Appellant was also in attendance and was among a
group of individuals who were making fun of Cornelius’s appearance.