ARKANSAS COURT OF APPEALS
NOT DESIGNATED FOR PUBLICATION
JOHN B. ROBBINS, JUDGE
1 Mr. Whitley also argues that his probation revocation must be set aside.
However, while the trial court announced from the bench that appellant’s probation was
revoked, the judgment being appealed from does not reflect any such revocation.
Therefore, this appeal only concerns appellant’s convictions. See Nance v. State, 318
Ark. 758, 891 S.W.2d 26 (1994).
TAURUS RODAN WHITLEY
STATE OF ARKANSAS
JANUARY 9, 2008
APPEAL FROM THE PULASKI
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT,
HONORABLE JOHN W. LANGSTON,
Appellant Taurus Rodan Whitley was convicted in a bench trial of possession of
cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms,
and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to four concurrent tenyear
prison sentences, and now appeals from those convictions. Mr. Whitley’s argument on
appeal is that there was insufficient evidence to support his convictions because the State
failed to sufficiently prove that he constructively possessed the contraband. 1 We affirm.
In reviewing a challenge to the sufficiency of the evidence, we view the evidence in
the light most favorable to the State and consider only the evidence that supports the verdict.
Lowry v. State, 364 Ark. 6, 216 S.W.3d 101 (2005). We will affirm a conviction if
substantial evidence exists to support it. Id. Substantial evidence is evidence of sufficient
force and character that it will, with reasonable certainty, compel a conclusion one way or
the other, without resorting to speculation or conjecture. Stenhouse v. State, 362 Ark. 480,
209 S.W.3d 352 (2005). Circumstantial evidence may provide a basis to support a
conviction, but it must be consistent with the defendant’s guilt and inconsistent with any
other reasonable conclusion. Tillman v. State, 364 Ark. 143, 217