State v. Borner

20120388 State of North Dakota, Plaintiff and Appellee
v.
Cody Borner, Defendant and Appellant

Appeal from: District Court, South Central Judicial District, Mercer County
Judge Bruce A. Romanick
Nature of Action: Misc. Statutory Offense (Felony)
Counsel:
Appellant: Michael Ray Hoffman
Appellee: Jessica Jo Binder , State's Attorney
Term: 04/2013   Argument: 04/29/2013  9:00am
ND cite: 2013 ND 141
NW cite: 836 N.W.2d 383

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
1. The Amended Criminal Information, both Count 1 and Count 2, failed to charge the purported offense of conspiracy to commit murder.
2. The trial court's jury instructions failed to correct the defects in the information, and were obvious error under Rule 52, N.D.R.Crim.P.
3. There was insufficient evidence that Borner knowingly agreed to willfully cause the death of any person.


Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
1. The State was not required to show an agreement by Borner and Whitman to cause death, but rather to show an agreement to commit murder under N.D.C.C.  12.1-16-01(1)(b).
2. The evidence was sufficient to show Borner and Whitman conspired to create circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life to cause death.
3. Borner failed to properly preserve a challenge to the Criminal Complaint, the Amended Criminal Information, or the jury instructions.
a. The Criminal Complaint charging Borner was sufficient.
b. The Amended Criminal Information charging Borner was sufficient.
c. The instructions given to the jury by the trial court were proper.

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Docket entries:
110/18/2012 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 10/17/2012
210/18/2012 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT: 10/17/2012
311/02/2012 TRANSCRIPT DATED JUNE 22, 2012, & C.O.S.
411/02/2012 DISK-TRA (6/22/12) E-MAILED
511/05/2012 TRANSCRIPT DATED MARCH 14, 2012, & C.O.S.
611/05/2012 DISK-tra (3/14/12) e-mailed
711/19/2012 Transcripts dated 4/11/12; 6/15/12; 6/25/12; 6/26/12; 6/27/12; & 6/28/12 (6 vols.) & COS
811/19/2012 DISK (TRA) (4/11/12; 6/15/12; 6/25/12; 6/26/12; 6/27/12; & 6/28/12) (e-mail)
911/19/2012 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED 11/16/12 (ENTRY NOS.1-88, 90-95, 98-111, 114-121, 132-139, 146-153
1011/19/2012 159-162, 164-165, 173-204) (NOT SENT 89, 96-97, 112-113, 122-131, 140-145, 154-158, 163,
1111/19/2012 166-172)
1211/30/2012 Received two copies of the TRAs dated 4/11/12; 6/15/12; 6/25/12; 6/26/12; 6/27/12 & 6/28/12
1312/06/2012 AMEND. ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED 11/16/12 (ENTRY NOS.1-88, 90-95, 98-111, 114-121, 132-139,
1412/06/2012 146-153, 159-162, 164-165, 173-204) (NOT SENT 89, 96-97, 112-113, 122-131, 140-145,
1512/06/2012 154-158, 163, 166-172) (113 deleted)
1612/06/2012 TRANSCRIPT DATED SEPTEMBER 21, 2012, & C.O.S.
1712/06/2012 DISK-tra (9/21/12) e-mailed
1801/11/2013 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF
1901/11/2013 ACTION BY CLERK. Granted: 02/14/2013
2002/14/2013 APPELLANT BRIEF AND ADDENDUM
2102/14/2013 APPELLANT APPENDIX
2202/14/2013 DISK (ATB) (e-mailed)
2303/13/2013 APPELLEE BRIEF
2403/13/2013 E-FILED BRIEF
2503/13/2013 APPELLEE APPENDIX
2603/13/2013 E-FILED APPENDIX
2703/14/2013 Rcv'd $25 surcharge for AEB (receipt #21747)
2803/15/2013 Rcv'd 7 copies of AEB from CSD
2903/15/2013 Rcv'd 6 copies of AEA from CAS
3003/18/2013 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
3104/22/2013 Request for Radio/TV Coverage (KXMB -TV) approved
3204/29/2013 APPEARANCES: Michael Hoffman/Jessica Binder
3304/29/2013 ARGUED: Hoffman/Binder
3404/29/2013 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
3508/29/2013 DISPOSITION: REVERSED
3608/29/2013 SPLIT OPINION: Maring, Mary Muehlen
3708/29/2013 (CONCURRING SPECIALLY): VandeWalle, Gerald W.: CONCUR
3808/29/2013 (DISSENTING): Sandstrom, Dale V.: DISSENT
3908/30/2013 Judgment E-Mailed to Parties
4009/11/2013 PETITION FOR REHEARING
4109/11/2013 E-FILED BRIEF
4209/12/2013 Rcv'd 7 copies of PER from CSD
4309/18/2013 MOTION AND BRIEF TO VACATE ORDER OF DISTRICT COURT GRANTING MOTION TO AMEND COMPLAINT
4409/20/2013 Response to MOTION AND BRIEF TO VACATE ORDER OF DISTRICT COURT GRANTING MOTION TO AMEND COMPLAINT
4509/20/2013 EFILED RESPONSE
4609/25/2013 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT (Petition for Rehearing). Denied
4709/25/2013 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT (Mtn to Vacate). Granted
4810/03/2013 MANDATE
4910/07/2013 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE

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