STATEMENT OF THE CASEPROCEDURAL HISTORY
This case is on appeal from the decision of the SupremeCourt of New York, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, thataffirmed the judgment rendered upon verdict of the Erie CountyCourt, Supreme Court of New York. The jury convicted theDefendant of murder in the second degree for his accessorialrole in a homicide. This Court granted leave to appeal.
In the decision of the Appellate Division, FourthDepartment, the court found that the weight of thecircumstantial evidence presented at trial was sufficient toestablish the Defendant’s guilt as an accessory beyond areasonable doubt. The court concluded that the Defendant sharedthe intent of Albini because they were close friends, theDefendant helped Albini to meet with Stec on the night she waskilled, and the Defendant arranged for the disposal of the body.People v. LaBruna, 66 A.D.2d 300, 382, 414 N.Y.S.2d 380, 303 (4
Dep’t. 1979). Therefore, the court believed that the jury couldreasonably infer from these facts that the Defendant acted withthe requisite mental culpability as an accessory to murderbecause the totality of evidence permitted no other reasonablehypothesis. Id. at 302, 414 N.Y.S.2d at 381.