Court of Appeals of Missouri, Southern District, First Division
FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF WAYNE COUNTY. Honorable Sidney T.
Pearson, III, Judge.
W. BATES, J. -- CONCURS. MARY W. SHEFFIELD, C.J. -- CONCURS.
E. SCOTT, Judge.
Copeland appeals a conviction for manufacturing
methamphetamine. He does not dispute the sufficiency of
evidence which we describe only as needed to explain why we
deny two claims of trial error and affirm the conviction.
suspected Steven Taylor of operating a motel meth lab. Tipped
that Taylor might be with Copeland at 207 Maple Street in
Arcadia, officers went there and found Taylor and evidence of
another meth lab (Taylor later went to prison).
research that evening revealed suspicious pseudoephedrine
purchases by Copeland and his girlfriend, who had not been at
207 Maple Street when officers
arrived but were said to reside there. Charged with
manufacturing meth, Copeland did not testify or call any
witnesses at trial. Jurors found him guilty in 29 minutes.
on Appeal/Standard of Review
claims the trial court abused its discretion in (1) denying a
mistrial, and (2) admitting hearsay testimony. Judicial
discretion is abused when the court's ruling is so
illogical, unreasonable, and arbitrary that it " shocks
the sense of justice and indicates a lack of careful
deliberate consideration." State v. Smith, 996
S.W.2d 518, 523 (Mo.App. 1999).