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02/24/98 DENISE TRIPLETT v. STATE MISSISSIPPI

DENISE TRIPLETT, APPELLANT
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, APPELLEE



DATE OF JUDGMENT: 07/13/95 TRIAL JUDGE: HON. MARCUS D. GORDON COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: NESHOBA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT

Before: McMILLIN, P.j., Herring, And Hinkebein, JJ.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hinkebein, J., For The Court:

DISTRICT ATTORNEY: KEN TURNER, MARK S. DUNCAN

NATURE OF THE CASE: CRIMINAL - FELONY

TRIAL COURT DISPOSITION: SALE OF COCAINE (2 COUNTS 2ND OFFENDER): CT I SENTENCED TO SERVE A TERM OF 25 YRS IN THE MDOC; CT II SENTENCED TO SERVE A TERM OF 5 YRS IN THE MDOC WITH THIS SENTENCE TO RUN CONSECUTIVE TO THE SENTENCE PRONOUNCED IN CT I

DISPOSITION AFFIRMED - 2.24.98/24/98

MOTION FOR REHEARING FILED:

CERTIORARI FILED:

MANDATE ISSUED:

Denise Triplett was convicted in the Neshoba County Circuit Court on two counts of selling cocaine. For her offenses, Triplett was sentenced to a total of thirty years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with twenty-five for count one and the additional five to be served consecutively for count two. Aggrieved by her conviction, Triplett appeals to this court on the following grounds:

I. WHETHER THE STATE PROVED THE CHAIN OF CUSTODY OF THE COCAINE RECEIVED AS EVIDENCE.

II. WHETHER THE COURT ERRED IN OVERRULING DEFENDANT DENISE TRIPLETT'S MOTION TO QUASH THE JURY JUDGES WHICH CONTAINED NO BLACKS, THE DEFENDANT BEING A BLACK FEMALE AND THERE BEING A SYSTEMATIC EXCLUSION OF BLACKS FROM THE JURY judges.

II. WHETHER THE VERDICT WAS AGAINST THE OVERWHELMING WEIGHT OF THE EVIDENCE.

Holding these assignments of error to be without merit, we affirm the judgment ...


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