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BILLY D. BARKER v. STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

FEBRUARY 06, 1985

BILLY D. BARKER
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI



BEFORE ROY NOBLE LEE, DAN LEE and PRATHER

ROY NOBLE LEE, PRESIDING JUSTICE, FOR THE COURT:

Billy D. Barker was indicted, tried and convicted in the Circuit Court of Harrison County for the rape of T.L.S. and was sentenced to a life term with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He has appealed to this Court and assigns three (3) errors in the trial below.

I.

 THE LOWER COURT ERRED IN FAILING TO SUSTAIN APPELLANT'S MOTION FOR A DIRECTED VERDICT.

 Evidence for the State reflects that T.L.S. was sixteen (16) years of age on May 24, 1982. At that time she lived with Dixie and Junior Smith in Gulfport, Mississippi, and expected to graduate from the eighth grade on May 25, 1982. Appellant had been the live-in stepfather of T.L.S. since she was in the seventh grade. At the time, her mother and appellant were living in the State of Missouri and had left her in the custody of Dixie and Junior Smith (no kin).

 About 9 a.m. on May 24, 1982, appellant went to the Dixie Smith home and told T.L.S. that he had come to take her back to Missouri, that he had to go to New Orleans that day on business and would come back in the late afternoon and pick her up, and that T.L.S. should have her clothes packed

 and ready to go. He would not permit T.L.S. to wait until after graduation on the next day.

 At approximately 5:00 that afternoon, appellant returned, picked up T.L.S. and stated they were going to New Orleans where they would spend the night before proceeding to Missouri. Appellant was intoxicated and later stopped and purchased more beer. Then he drove to the Deep South Motel in Gulfport, registered for a room with two beds, and took T.L.S. to the room. Upon entering the room, appellant chained the door, took off his shoes and drank a beer.

 According to T.L.S., appellant told her to remove her clothes and she declined. He then took off her clothes himself and forced T.L.S. to have sexual intercourse with him. Before the episode ended, he raped her two more times. T.L.S. testified that she screamed, resisted appellant and finally submitted to him when he threatened to kill her, threatened to strike her with a belt in his hand and strangled her. She went to the bathroom, where she stayed until appellant fell asleep. T.L.S. had dressed, except for her tennis shoes, which were near appellant, and left the room for the lobby, where she called the Dixie Smith residence with no response. She then went outside the motel where she saw a young woman, Sandy Crowell, to whom she complained about the rape. Ms. Crowell dialed the Dixie Smith residence again, and the residence of Jeff and Charlotte Seymour. T.L.S. talked to Jeff and told him what had happened. Ms. Crowell carried T.L.S. to the hospital for examination, and the police were called.

 Dr. William Tisdale carried out a vaginal examination of T.L.S., found that she had a reddened, irritated entrance to the vagina, a posterior tear back toward the rectum, and a small tear which was still oozing blood. Dead sperm cells were present in her vagina, and he was of the opinion that she had experienced sexual intercourse within an hour or so prior to his examination.

 Larry Turner, forensic serologist from the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory, testified that appellant was of blood type A, secreter status, determined from a blood sample taken from Barker. Sperm found on a hotel towel in the room indicated it came from a person who was of blood type A, secreter status.

 Joe Edward Andrews, Jr., a forensic scientist at Mississippi State Crime Laboratory, who was a specialist in hair and fiber identification, examined and combed a blanket, bedspread, towel, and pillow case from the motel room. On the blanket he found head hairs and pubic hairs of Negroid origin

 and head hairs and pubic hairs of Caucasian origin. From the bedspread, he took hair and hair fragments of Negroid origin, pubic hair of Caucasian origin and hair of Caucasian origin, not identified as to body origin. On the towel he found hairs and fragments of hair of Negroid origin, not identified as to body area, and pubic hair and head hair of Caucasian origin. From the pillow case, he took hair and hair fragments of Negroid origin and head hairs of Caucasian origin.

 Appellant testified that after he picked up T.L.S. at 5 p.m., he drove to the Deep South Motel, registered and took T.L.S. to the room because he was tired; that T.L.S. did not want to go to Missouri and told him that she would claim rape, *fn1 if he made her go; that he became upset and went to a lounge where he drank and played cards until 8:00 the next morning; that he didn't go back to the motel room but drove to the Dixie Smith residence; that he learned T.L.S. was at the police station, and he drove near the station, stopped and ...


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