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Watson v. State

Florida District Court of Appeal
877 So.2d 914 (2004)



After obtaining a warrant, police officers entered an apartment rented by the grandmother of Jake Watson (defendant). In one of the bedrooms, the officers observed Watson asleep on one of the two beds in the room. Watson’s cousin was standing by a dresser near the other unoccupied bed. The officers found crack cocaine on top of the dresser and inside a dresser drawer. The State of Florida (plaintiff) charged Watson and his cousin with possession with intent to sell cocaine. Watson’s cousin pled guilty to the crime. At Watson’s trial, his cousin testified that he alone had placed the drugs on top of the dresser and in the dresser drawer and that Watson did not know about the cocaine. Watson’s grandmother testified that the cousin lived in the bedroom where the drugs were found but that Watson did not stay there. The grandmother testified that Watson visited her from time to time. The jury convicted Watson of possession with intent to sell cocaine. Watson appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Klein, J.)

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