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RUFUS LANNY INMAN v. STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

NOVEMBER 18, 1987

RUFUS LANNY INMAN
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI



BEFORE DAN LEE, P.J., SULLIVAN & ANDERSON, JJ.

SULLIVAN, JUSTICE, FOR THE COURT:

Rufus Lanny Inman was convicted by the Circuit Court of Adams County of the forcible rape of D.A.C. and sentenced to forty (40) years imprisonment. Aggrieved by his conviction Inman has assigned three errors on this appeal:

I. The verdict of the jury is contrary to the overwhelming weight of the evidence;

 II. It was error for the court not to grant a continuance in that the defense did not have ample time to adequately prepare for this case; and

 III. It was error for the court and the attorney for the defendant not to excuse a juror.

 I.

 WAS THE VERDICT OF THE JURY CONTRARY TO THE OVERWHELMING WEIGHT OF THE EVIDENCE?

 At trial the prosecutrix testified that on Tuesday night, March 26, 1985, she was with Ann Arceneaux at the Twilight Club where they" had a couple of drinks and shot a couple of games of pool. "*fn1 After leaving the Twilight Club, Ann Arceneaux and the prosecutrix went with some friends of Ann's to Becky's Lakeside Inn (on Lake St. John). At Becky's Lakeside Inn, the prosecutrix" shot a game of pool, drank a couple of beers, and talked. "

 When they left Becky's Lakeside Inn, the prosecutrix and Ann Arceneaux rode back to the Twilight Club. The prosecutrix testified that while she was sitting near the pool tables in the Twilight Club, Lanny Inman approached her and began talking to her. According to the prosecutrix, Inman asked her if she wanted to ride over to Lasers, a club that had recently opened near Natchez. The prosecutrix alleged that she rode to Lasers with Lanny Inman, whom she had known for three or four

 years.

 According to the prosecutrix, she and Inman stayed at Lasers until approximately 2:00 a.m. March 27, when they left together. She testified that Lanny Inman was to take her home, instead, Inman drove down a dark country road. Inman instructed the prosecutrix to look under the seat of the car and get the gun. She complied and handed the gun to Inman. (She explained that she was not alarmed by this request since she had brothers who hunt and that" it's not uncommon for guys to shoot at things even at night. . . ").

 The prosecutrix testified that later Inman stopped the car, pointed the gun at her, and told her to get out of the car. After getting out of the car, she attempted to flee while Inman was getting a lounge chair out of the car. The prosecutrix stated that Inman caught her and struck her in the mouth with his fist. She testified that Inman unfolded the lounge chair on the side of the road, forced her (at gunpoint) to disrobe, and made her lie down on the lounge chair. The prosecutrix alleged that Inman then raped her.

 The prosecutrix testified that she was forced to get back in the car and Inman drove down a gravel road. Inman allegedly stopped the car and told her to get out again. She said that she tried again to escape but couldn't run fast because she kept tripping over a blanket or sheet that she had wrapped around her body. She stated that Inman caught her and struck her over the left eye with the pistol.

 According to the prosecutrix, Inman again made her lie down on a lounge chair (which he had unfolded beside the car) and forced her to perform an act of fellation. After this she was allegedly forced back in ...


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