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[T] Williams v. State

April 21, 1998

WILLIAMS
v.
STATE



Before McMILLIN, P.j., Diaz, And King, JJ.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Diaz, J

HENDERSON J. WILLIAMS A/K/A HENDERSON JAMES WILLIAMS, APPELLANT v. STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, APPELLEE

THIS OPINION IS NOT DESIGNATED FOR PUBLICATION AND MAY NOT BE CITED, PURSUANT TO M.R.A.P. 35-B

DATE OF JUDGMENT: 04/16/96

TRIAL JUDGE: HON. JAMES W. BACKSTROM

COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: JACKSON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT

NATURE OF THE CASE: CRIMINAL - FELONY

TRIAL COURT DISPOSITION: MURDER: SENTENCED TO SERVE A TERM OF LIFE IN THE CUSTODY OF THE MDOC

DISPOSITION AFFIRMED - 4/21/98

Henderson J. Williams was convicted of murder and now appeals his conviction to this Court on the following grounds: (1) that venue was not proper in Jackson County, (2) that the State committed a discovery violation which denied him a fair trial, (3) that the trial court admitted certain items of evidence for which no proper chain of custody was established, (4) that the trial court erred in granting the State's "heat of passion" jury instruction, (5) that the trial court erroneously denied his "reasonable doubt" jury instruction, (6) that the jury's verdict was against the overwhelming weight of the evidence, and (7) that the cumulative error in this case requires reversal. Finding his assignments of error without merit, we affirm.

FACTS

Henderson J. Williams (hereinafter "Henderson") was charged with the May 1994 murder of his mother, Erma S. Williams (hereinafter "Erma"). The testimony at trial revealed that Henderson became angry with his mother after he was unable to withdraw funds from her checking account. According to the forensic pathologist, Erma died from multiple blunt force injuries to her skull and rib cage. Her hands were then severed from her body, and she was transported to a lake in Mobile County, Alabama, where she was left submerged in the water with an automobile jack affixed to her mid-section. Erma's body was discovered on the morning of May 21, 1994, and Henderson was subsequently arrested and charged with her murder. Following a jury trial, Henderson was convicted of murder and sentenced to a term of life in prison. It is from this conviction that he appeals.

Discussion

I. WAS VENUE PROPER IN JACKSON COUNTY, ...


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