from Allen County Common Pleas Court Trial Court No. CR 2016
Michael J. Short for Appellant
E. Emerick for Appellee
Defendant-appellant Anthony L. Campbell
("Campbell") appeals the judgment of the Allen
County Court of Common Pleas. He claims his conviction (1)
was not supported by sufficient evidence and (2) was against
the manifest weight of the evidence. For the reasons set
forth below, the judgment of the lower court is affirmed.
and Procedural History
On May 31, 2016, Jeff "Boo" Simpson
("Simpson") and Campbell went to Cynthia
Kindred's ("Kindred") house. Tr. 89. Campbell
knew Kindred and had previously dated her. Tr. 87. Simpson
asked Campbell to knock on Kindred's door to see if she
was at home. Tr. 89. Consequently, Campbell got out of
Simpson's car, walked onto Kindred's porch, and
knocked on her front door. Tr. 89. When Kindred came to the
front door, Campbell said, "Boo wants to talk to
you." Tr. 89. At this point, Simpson came to the front
porch and began talking to Kindred. Tr. 89. At trial,
Campbell stated that he did not overhear everything that
Simpson said to Kindred but did hear Simpson mention
someone's name and something about a hospital. Tr. 90.
During a recorded interview with a Detective Steven
Stechschulte ("Stechschulte") prior to trial,
Campbell made several additional statements describing the
conversation between Simpson and Kindred.
Stechschulte: What was their conversation about on
Campbell: He was talkin' to her
somethin'-sayin' somethin' about somebody who was
in the hospital or some s*** like that.
Stechschulte: Did he say who?
Campbell: He didn't say. I couldn't
Stechschulte: So he made her believe that he was
going to take her to the hospital because somebody had gotten
Stechschulte: -and they needed to get there?
Stechschulte: Did he say how they got hurt or why
they were in the hospital?
Campbell: He said they had a heart attack or
somethin' or somethin' or another.
Stechschulte: So he tricked her?
Ex. 7. After the conversation on Kindred's front porch,
Kindred returned into her house. Tr. 90. Simpson turned to
Campbell and told him that Kindred was going to come with
them in the car. Tr. 90. Kindred then came back outside and
got into the car with Campbell and Simpson. Tr. 90.
Simpson drove the car while Campbell was sitting in the
passenger seat and Kindred was sitting in the back seat. Tr.
91. Simpson then drove the car to several other houses. Tr.
91. At each of these houses, Simpson would stop the car, get
out of the vehicle, and go inside the house for several
minutes. Tr. 91. Kindred and Campbell remained in the car
during each of these stops. Tr. 91. After several stops,
Campbell told Simpson, "Look, * * * I've got
something to do. * * * Drop me off at Main and Vine."
Tr. 90. Simpson dropped Campbell off at Vine Street in
between 12:00 and 12:30 a.m. on June 1, 2016. Tr. 91. From
that location, Campbell walked to a bar. Tr. 91. After
staying at the bar for a short time, Campbell then went to
his brother-in-law's house, where he stayed until 4:00
a.m. Tr. 92. From his brother-in-law's house, Campbell
went to his own home. Tr. 92.
In between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. on June 1, 2016, Simpson came
to Campbell's house and said, "I want you to do me a
favor. * * * I want you to go to the bank with me." Tr.
93. Campbell agreed and then asked, "What's
up?" Tr. 93. Simpson said, "Well, she [Kindred]
owes me some money. I want you to go to the bank with me and
go in with her." Tr. 93. Campbell replied, saying,
"Okay." Tr. 93. At trial, Campbell was asked about
why he did this favor for Simpson. Tr. 97. This exchange
reads, in its relevant part, as follows:
Q. There's been, at least during your interview,
there was some talk that you were going to get some sort of
either money, or drugs, or something like that for helping
Jeff out with this; is that right?
A. Yea. He just said he would take care of
Q. Okay. To you, that meant that he was going to give
you some cash or he was going to give you some
Tr. 97. Campbell then got into Simpson's car. Tr. 93.
Simpson then drove Kindred and Campbell to a branch of Fifth
Third Bank in Lima, Ohio. Tr. 93. During the police interview
prior to trial, Campbell told a police detective details
about a conversation between Simpson and Kindred that
occurred while Kindred was in the car with Simpson and