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GREGORY STEVEN ANDERSON v. STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

DECEMBER 05, 1984

GREGORY STEVEN ANDERSON
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI



BEFORE WALKER, BOWLING AND PRATHER

WALKER, PRESIDING JUSTICE, FOR THE COURT:

This is an appeal from the Circuit Court of Washington County, Mississippi wherein the appellant, Gregory Steven Anderson, was indicted, tried and convicted of murder. Upon conviction he was sentenced to life imprisonment in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Aggrieved with the lower court's holding, he has perfected an appeal to this Court assigning the following as error:

The verdict of the jury was contrary to the overwhelming weight of the evidence and the

 appellant should be granted a new trial based on the insufficiency of the evidence submitted to the jury to convict him.

 On March 25, 1983, a Friday, Susie Hudson, an elderly black female, was found dead. She was lying semi-nude on her kitchen floor with multiple stab wounds to the chest.

 A relative, Lela Mae Willis, who lived across the street from Ms. Hudson phoned the police. The phone in Ms. Hudson's home was found lying under some clothes; dresser drawers in her bedroom had been pulled out and ransacked; and a purse was found torn open on her bed.

 An autopsy was performed by Dr. Burrow, a pathologist at the Delta Medical Center. Ms. Hudson's blood was typed as" B ". She had suffered multiple incised wounds, 27 in all, several of which incised some of her vital organs including the heart. The wounds and resulting hemorrhage resulted in her death. Although it could not be determined which exact wound caused her death, Dr. Burrow testified any of the three in the heart as well as the one in the pulmonary artery would result in death.

 The investigating officers found several shoe prints outside the home as well as under Ms. Hudson's body. Two footprints were found in front of the house and others were found leading down the south side of the home. The soil was soft and muddy from a rain shower the previous Wednesday. A full print in front of the house and a half-print on the side of the house were preserved in plaster. After the body was removed, the print seen under its location was of a similar pattern to those prints found outside the home.

 At the time of the incident, the appellant, from Chicago, Illinois, was staying with his grandmother, Lela Willis, her husband and daughter. He had been at his grandmother's approximately two weeks.

 Officer Charles Cochran, major in charge of crime investigation with the Greenville Police Department, was called to the scene. He later went to Ms. Willis' and asked the appellant to accompany him to the police department for questioning. At the office the appellant voluntarily stated that on Thursday evening he had been with his girlfriend Pam who lived on Shelby Street. He returned to his grandmother's at approximately 10:30 p.m. and noticed the lights at his aunt's house, Ms. Hudson, were on. When he went to bed at approximately 11:15 p.m., the lights were off.

 Two days after the appellant arrived at his grandmother's, his aunt accused him of crawling around on her bedroom floor near her bed and he then informed his grandmother that he would not return to Ms. Hudson's ever again.

 When the appellant was taken to the police department, he voluntarily gave the officer his tennis shoe which had a stain on part of the canvas as well as the shoe lace. The stains were later identified as human blood of ABO type" B ", the same type as appellant and his aunt. The blood appeared to have dropped straight down on the shoes as opposed to being a spattering pattern or smear.

 Again later the same afternoon at approximately 4:30 the officers went to appellant and asked if he would submit to fingerprinting which he voluntarily consented to do. No prints of the appellant were found in Ms. Hudson's home.

 On Saturday the police department received a call that someone had shot into the appellant's grandmother's house. The appellant alleged two black males fired at him while he was in the yard stating that" this is for Charlie Mason. "According to Lela Willis, Charles Mason who was in his late 20's or early 30's lived with Susie prior to her asking him to move from her home. Two bullet holes were found in Ms. Willis' home, but the officers ...


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