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State v. Bowen

Supreme Court of Kansas
942 P.2d 7 (1997)


On a cold night in December 1994, Travis W. Bowen (defendant) broke into the Whites’s home to warm himself up. He was under the influence of methamphetamines at the time of the incident. The Whites alerted family members of the break-in, and these family members alerted the police. When the police arrived at the scene, Bowen was holding two knives. Bowen testified that he had the knives out to protect himself. One of the officers testified that Bowen told him that Bowen had opened one of the knives prior to entering the house. Bowen was convicted of aggravated burglary, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of marijuana. The jury based the aggravated burglary conviction on both Bowen’s possession of methamphetamines and aggravated assault. Bowen appealed his aggravated burglary conviction, arguing that there was insufficient evidence to establish that he intended to commit a felony in the Whites’s house.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (McFarland, C.J.)

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