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Mississippi Supreme Court Court Cases
Bush v. State (2005)
¶ 1. A Harrison County Circuit Court jury unanimously convicted Kanynne Jamol Bush of capital murder with the underlying felony being armed robbery. The trial court subsequently sentenced Bush to life in prison without probation or parole. Bush now appeals the conviction which we affirm.
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 2003-KA-01528-SCT
McClain v. State (1993)
On Monday morning, December 2, 1990, employees of Morton, Mississippi, discovered the Mayor's office had been burglarized and a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol removed from the premises. On the same day, Myra Phillips, manager of nearby Laird's Ready to Wear, discovered that Laird's had also been burglarized and a quantity of jewelry, including necklaces, removed. Forced entry was accomplished by the intruder on each occasion.
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 91-KA-0186
Wetz v. State (1987)
Today's appeal is presented by one convicted of the battered murder of his seven month old daughter. Because the defendant was the only eyewitness to the child's death and because he argues strenuously a theory of accident, we have reviewed the record dispassionately and with great care, notwithstanding our visceral reaction to the death of this baby girl. Finding no error in the proceedings below, we affirm.
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 56233
Stringer v. State (1984)Appellant, James R. Stringer, was indicted, tried and convicted in the Circuit Court of the First Judicial District of Hinds County of the crime of capital murder. The bifurcated trial resulted in a jury verdict of guilty of the crime charged. The second phase of the trial resulted in a jury verdict sentencing appellant to suffer death according to the statutes provided therefor. The normal course of appeal brings the case here for full review according to statutory mandates. Appellant, through [...]
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 54580
Neal v. State (1984)
Howard Monteville Neal has been indicted, tried and convicted of the capital murder of his 13-year-old half-niece, Amanda Joy Neal. The jury subsequently decreed that for his crime he must die.
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 54739
Ferguson v. Ferguson (1994)At issue in this domestic relations case is the division of marital property (both personal and real), alimony (both periodic and lumpsum), and future interests in retirement/pension plans. This Court has been in a transitory state regarding the division of marital assets. Our prior law adhered to a system of returning property to the spouse in whom title was held (separate property method); however, recent opinions have eroded adherence to that method of division. This Court has "long [...]
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 92-CA-00058
Herring v. State (1997)On October 1, 1990, Rico Herring was indicted by the grand jury of Panola County, Mississippi on three counts: one count of conspiracy to sell a controlled substance in violation § 97-1-1(a) of the Miss. Code Ann., and two counts of sale of a controlled substance in violation of § 41-29-139(a)(1) of the Miss. Code Ann. Herring's case was transferred from Panola County Youth Court to the Circuit Court of Panola County. Herring had a jury trial on October 4 and 5, 1993. He was found guilty on [...]
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 93-KA-01183-SCT
Ballenger v. State (1995)Vernice Ballenger ("Ballenger") was indicted by a Leake County, Mississippi, grand jury on September 2, 1992, for the capital murder of Myrtle Ellis while engaged in the commission of the crime of robbery. A jury was impaneled and Ballenger was found guilty. A separate sentencing hearing was conducted and on January 13, 1993, Ballenger was sentenced to death by lethal injection. It is from this conviction and sentence that Ballenger appeals, raising twenty-four separate issues. Finding no [...]
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 93-DP-00081-SCT
McFee v. State (1987)
This case, involving a rape, comes to the Court from the Circuit Court of the First Judicial District of Jones County. Upon conviction, the appellant, David Michael McFee, received a life sentence. We affirm.
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 55947
Hansen v. State (1991)We are confronted today with the senseless slaying of a veteran state trooper, to which the jury responded by sentencing the killer to die. What stands out on review is how few of the hundreds of rulings the trial judge made from beginning to end are open to credible question. At only two or three points are we seriously troubled that the defendant's substantial right to a fair trial may have been compromised, this though defense counsel has persistently put us through our paces. In this world [...]
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 89-DP-0823
Groseclose v. State (1983)
On April 4, 1981, Robert Groseclose shot and killed his ex-father-in-law, John Mulhearn, Sr. He was convicted of murder in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 53894
Foster v. State (1994)Ronald Chris Foster was indicted in the Circuit Court of Lowndes County, Mississippi, for the capital murder of George Shelton committed during the course of an armed robbery. The trial court granted Foster's change of venue motion and trial commenced on January 14, 1991, in Lauderdale County. Foster was seventeen years of age at the time of the crime. The jury convicted Foster on January 18, 1991, and following the sentencing hearing on that same date, imposed the death penalty. Foster has [...]
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 91-DP-00212
Chase v. State (1994)
Ricky Chase was indicted on November 10, 1989, for the murder of Elmer Hart while Chase was engaged in the crime of robbery. He was tried by a jury in the Circuit Court of Copiah County, found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to death.
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 90-DP-0515
May v. State (1984)
Navis Jane May shot and killed her husband on February 27, 1982. In due course she was indicted for murder. On October 18, 1982, the case was called for trial in the Circuit Court of Rankin County, Mississippi, at the conclusion of which the jury found May guilty of the lesser-included offense of manslaughter, Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-31 (1972). The Circuit Court has sentenced May to a term of eight years.
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 54455
Hoops v. State (1996)This case entails another unfortunate instance of street violence involving the youth of our communities. The community in this story is Pascagoula. During the evening of November 23, 1991, between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m., Lorenzo Bell, Rube Henry Webb, and several other young men were walking away from the Seacove apartments. All the men in the group were black. As they were walking, a car drove past them repeatedly. Timothy Hoops and Ronnie Anderson were in the car. Hoops is white and Anderson is [...]
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 93-KA-00530-SCT
Brown v. Credit Center, Inc. (1983)
This case began as a simple action to collect a $268.60 debt. As it has reached this Court, the case presents us with our first opportunity to consider the office of the motion for summary judgment under Rule 56 of the Mississippi Rules of Civil Procedure. Also involved is a narrow question under the Federal Truth In Lending Act.
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 54573
Brown v. State (1999)¶ 1. We have for review a petition for post conviction relief in which it is claimed that the wording of a re-sentencing order on remand revoked parole eligibility and subjected the defendant to multiple prosecutions and punishments for the same crime in violation of his Fifth Amendment right to be free from double jeopardy. We conclude that the trial court had no authority to revoke parole eligibility and did not do so and that the defendant was not subjected to multiple prosecutions or [...]
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 96-CP-01420-SCT
Coleman v. State (1997)In the early morning of August 12, 1994, Officers Alan Bond and Steve Patterson of the Biloxi Police Department were on patrol on McDonnell Avenue. They noticed a white truck with a camper over the back parked in the southbound lane with its lights off. As they approached, Johnny Earl Coleman came from behind the truck, got in and started to drive away. The officers pulled him over, and as they got out of the patrol car, Coleman exited the truck and walked toward them. While Officer Patterson [...]
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 95-KA-00670-SCT
Lockett v. State (1987)
Carl Daniel Lockett appeals his conviction of capital murder and death sentence for the murder of Geraldine Calhoun. Lockett's separate appeal of his conviction of capital murder and second death sentence for the related murder of Geraldine's husband, John Calhoun, also is today affirmed. Lockett v. State, 517 So.2d 1317, 1987 (hereinafter Lockett I).
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: DP-67
Carr v. State (1995)
On February 3, 1990, Anthony Carr was arrested and charged with the capital murders of Charlotte, Carl, Gregory and Bobbie Jo Parker in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Carr was indicted by a Quitman County Grand Jury on March 12, 1990.
Court: Mississippi Supreme Court Docket: 90-DP-01106