Decisions – COA – March 31, 2015

Twonia Williams v. State –  murder/manslaughter – Williams was found guilty of killing her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend.  She testified that she shot Katrina out of anger during a heated argument and with no premeditation but the jury rejected her heat of passion defense.  On appeal she raises insufficient evidence and weight of the evidence.  The COA…

Oral arg.- COA – Wed., April 1, 2015

At 2:00, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the COA will hear Antwine Equality Graves v. State.  Graves was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole in 2002.  He was accused of shooting and killing Marlon Bland outside the Blue Note Lounge in Biloxi after the two got into an argument inside the lounge. The…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – March 26, 2015

The Court orders the recusal of the chancellor in the Singing River case. Denies a Motion to clarify the mandate in Cheeks v. Autozone but, in doing so, makes it clear that where a jnov is reversed, the plaintiff would be entitled to interest from the date of the original judgment if the original  judgment…

Decisions – COA- March 24, 2015 – part 2

Brisceson Haskins v. State – Haskins was found guilty of business burglary and sentenced to 7 years without parole as an habitual offender. On appeal, his attorneys filed a Lindsey brief (stating that there were no issues).  Haskins filed his own brief alleging the following issues: (1) whether he was entitled to a new court-appointed…

Decisions – COA – March 24, 2015 – part 1

Propst Pittman v. Ty Pittman – cruel and inhumane treatment divorce –  Propst and Ty married in 1992, had two kids and separated in 2000.  Propst filed for divorce on the grounds of cruel and inhumane treatment.  At the close of her evidence, the trial court granted Ty’s motion for involuntary dismissal.  The COA affirms.…

Oral arg. – Miss.S.Ct. – Mon., March 23, 2015

At 1:30, the Miss.S.Ct. will hear the  case of Charles Ray Crawford v. State. Crawford was convicted of having raped a 17-year-old  in April of 1991.  While awaiting trial, he was charged with the capital murder of 20-year-old Kristy Ray in Jan. of 1993.  The jury rejected Crawford’s insanity defense to the rape and he…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – March 19, 2015

Lavon Coleman v. Miss. Transportation Commission – eminent domain –  The MTC sought to purchase 18.61 of land in DeSoto County owned by Lavon Coleman.  MCA Sect. 43-37-3 requires the MTC to appraise the property and make a fair-market offer before filing suit.  An appraisal was done appraising the property at 380,300.   The state offered 380,000.…