KAREN R. BAKER, Judge
ARKANSAS COURT OF APPEALS
NOT DESIGNATED FOR PUBLICATION
STATE OF ARKANSAS
JANUARY 31, 2007
APPEAL FROM THE PULASKI COUNTY
HONORABLE JOHN W. LANGSTON,
Appellant, Joe Jones, was convicted of commercial burglary, a Class C felony, and theft of
property, a Class A misdemeanor, by a jury in Pulaski County Circuit Court. He was sentenced as a
habitual offender to fifteen years’ imprisonment in the Arkansas Department of Correction.
Appellant’s sole argument on appeal is that the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress.
He specifically asserts that he did not make a voluntary, knowing, or intelligent waiver of his Miranda
rights as he was under the influence of pain medication. We find no error and affirm.
On August 30, 2005, as appellant was attempting to illegally enter a downtown Little Rock law
firm, he was shot in the left side of his body. Appellant was taken to the hospital because of his
injuries, where it was discovered that the bullet had traveled through his spleen, gall bladder, stomach,
liver, and pancreas. As a result, appellant’s spleen, gall bladder, and a portion of his pancreas had to
On September 6, 2005, appellant was released from the hospital. Around 2:00 p.m. that day,
Detective Mark Knowles took a recorded statement from appellant. Detective Eric Knowles was also
present in the room when appellant was read his Miranda rights. Prior to taking the statement,
Detective Mark Knowles read everything on the Miranda rights form to appellant. He also advised
him that at any time appellant could decide not to answer any questions. Appellant initialed each of
the individual rights and signed the bottom of the Miranda form. Appellant also signed a waiver of
those rights. He did not, at any time, invoke his right to cease the questioning by Detective Mark