FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF ST. CHARLES COUNTY The Honorable
Nancy L. Schneider, Judge
W. DRAPER III, JUDGE
a jury trial, Jordan L. Prince (hereinafter,
"Prince") was found guilty of first-degree murder,
section 565.020, RSMo 2000,  felony abuse of a child, section
568.060, and forcible sodomy, section 566.060. Prince waived
jury sentencing. The circuit court sentenced Prince to life
imprisonment without the possibility of parole for murder and
to consecutive sentences of life imprisonment for felony
child abuse and forcible sodomy. Prince appeals.
claims the circuit court abused its discretion in admitting
evidence of his juvenile adjudication for lewd and lascivious
conduct with a minor and evidence pornographic websites were
viewed on his cellular telephone and computer. Prince asserts
none of this evidence was logically or legally relevant. This
Court finds there was no abuse of discretion in admitting
such evidence. The circuit court's judgment is affirmed.
and Procedural Background
2004, Prince was fifteen years old and living in Idaho.
Prince was adjudicated for committing lewd and lascivious
conduct for manual to genital contact with his six-year-old
niece. Prince served three years in a juvenile correctional
facility for this offense.
moved to Missouri and began dating Jessica Howell
(hereinafter, "Howell"). Howell had an infant
daughter (hereinafter, "Victim"). While they dated,
Prince and Howell exchanged text messages wherein Howell
expressed her desire for Prince to have sex with Victim.
December 2, 2012, Howell and Victim, aged four-months, spent
the night at Prince's home. The following morning at
11:30 a.m., Prince discovered Victim unresponsive on the
living room couch. At 12:30 p.m., emergency responders were
called. Prince informed the first responders he found Victim
face down and not breathing. Prince stated he was the last
person to see Victim alive.
was taken from the home to St. Joseph's Hospital and
flown to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. She was
placed in the pediatric intensive care unit. Victim died at
suffered from multiple injuries. Victim was sexually
assaulted anally. This assault caused numerous internal
tears, including one internal tear approximately six
centimeters in length. These internal tears resulted in
Victim losing more than one-third of her blood supply. Victim
was subjected to trauma resulting in multiple bruises to her
body, including her face, chest, and legs, as well as a
cranial laceration. While the internal injuries from the
sexual assault inflicted upon Victim would have killed her,
the ultimate cause of her death was intentional, sustained
strangulation. Prince was arrested and charged with
first-degree murder, felony abuse of a child, and forcible
his trial, evidence was admitted demonstrating Prince's
cellular telephone and computer were used to view multiple
pornographic websites, including information concerning
incest. This information had been viewed, searched, or
downloaded on Prince's computer up to and including the
morning of December 3, 2012. Prince and Howell had multiple
text messaging conversations regarding sexual contact with
underage girls. Following Victim's death, there were
Internet searches on his cellular telephone regarding child
seized from the couch at Prince's home was analyzed
because it appeared to have blood or bodily fluid stains on
it. After analysis, ten spots of blood were discovered: two
of them consistent with Prince's DNA and five consistent
with Victim's DNA.
state admitted part of Prince's Idaho juvenile record
through the testimony of the police detective who
interrogated Prince. The detective read substantive portions
of Prince's juvenile record to the jury, including the
allegations of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor, the
criminal statute defining the acts as a felony under Idaho
law, and the certified adjudication showing Prince admitted
to committing the acts alleged.
the state introduced into evidence videotaped clips of
Prince's interrogation. During the interrogation, Prince
acknowledged his juvenile record. Prince tried to explain
Victim's injuries, claiming she had fallen out of bed and
Prince had bounced her too hard on his knee. Prince also
stated his hand accidentally might have slipped around
Victim's neck while he was bouncing her.
trial, the jury returned its verdict, finding Prince guilty
of first-degree murder, felony abuse of a child, and forcible
sodomy. The jury did not recommend a sentence because Prince
waived his right to jury sentencing. Accordingly, the circuit
court imposed sentence.
appeals his conviction and sentence. After an opinion by the
court of appeals, the case was transferred to this Court. ...