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DONNIE SINGLETON v. STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

JANUARY 06, 1988

DONNIE SINGLETON
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI



BEFORE DAN LEE, P.J.; ROBERTSON and GRIFFIN, JJ.

GRIFFIN, JUSTICE, FOR THE COURT:

I.

This appeal comes to this Court from the Hinds County Circuit Court, wherein Donnie Singleton was convicted of rape and sentenced to serve thirty-five (35) years in the

 Mississippi Department of Corrections. As error, Singleton assigns the following:

 1. The trial court erred in allowing the state's witness, Frances Jackson Lee, to testify regarding an unrelated crime allegedly committed by the appellant.

 2. The trial court erred in allowing hearsay testimony from Carolyn Foster McCoy, regarding prior rapes of other women by the appellant.

 3. The trial court erred in failing to sustain appellant's motions for a directed verdict, due to the verdict being against the overwhelming weight of the evidence.

 Finding no merit to these contentions, we affirm.

 II.

 The prosecutrix and her daughter were together asleep in bed in their home in Edwards, Mississippi on the night of February 28, 1985. The prosecutrix was suddenly awakened around 10:30 p.m. when a light was turned on in the room at which point she saw Singleton, a man she had known previously as an acquaintance of the family. Her screams awakened her daughter.

 When the child attempted to run and seek assistance, Singleton grabbed her and placed her in a hall bathroom. Although the door locked from the inside, appellant kept both mother and daughter from attempting escape by alternately threatening to kill or harm the other.

 Singleton raped the prosecutrix throughout the night in various locations in her home (including all three of the bedrooms). He continually threatened to kill her if she would not perform sexual acts with him.

 Sometime in the early hours of the morning, Singleton forced the prosecutrix to put on a dress, and then at knifepoint to drive him to his house. However, when they reached where he lived he told her to continue driving. They drove "down to the river" where Singleton raped her several more times. She attempted escape continually, only to have ...


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