NOVEMBER 26, 2007
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Cook County.
v. ) No. 03 CR 16482
JAMES SIPP, ) Honorable
) James D. Egan,
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE ROBERT E. GORDON delivered the opinion of the court:
Following a jury trial in the circuit court of Cook County, defendant James Sipp
was convicted of the first-degree murder of Demetrick Wright and sentenced to 45 years
in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Defendant’s posttrial motion for a new trial
was denied. On appeal, defendant argues that the trial court erred by (1) denying
defendant’s requests for an involuntary manslaughter instruction and (2) for a second-degree
murder instruction, (3) denying defendant’s Batson motion, (4) refusing to permit
defendant’s sister to testify at trial, and (5) sustaining certain objections made by the
State with no articulated basis for those objections. We affirm.
On June 8, 2003, defendant’s seven-year-old daughter, Jacinta Sipp, was riding
her bicycle in the vicinity of defendant’s home, located on North Monticello Avenue in
Chicago. Defendant sat on the porch of his home while his daughter rode her bicycle.
Defendant testified that as he observed his daughter, an acquaintance from the