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Stevens v. State

July 23, 1998

GLYNN STEVENS
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Prather, Chief Justice

DATE OF JUDGMENT: 02/27/96

TRIAL JUDGE: HON. JAMES E. GRAVES, JR.

COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: HINDS COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT

BY: JEAN SMITH VAUGHAN

DISTRICT ATTORNEY: EDWARD J. PETERS

NATURE OF THE CASE: CRIMINAL - FELONY

DISPOSITION REVERSED AND REMANDED

EN BANC.

I. INTRODUCTION

¶1. On August 8, 1995, the Grand Jury of the First Judicial District of Hinds County indicted Glynn Stevens, Calvin Shelton, Patrick Cavett, and Robert Strahan for the April 28, 1995, murder of Jason Brown. Stevens, Cavett, and Strahan were tried together, and Shelton testified against them. On February 23, 1996, the jury found Stevens guilty of manslaughter. He was sentenced to twenty years in prison.

¶2. On March 1, 1996, Stevens moved for a judgment notwithstanding the verdict (JNOV), or, in the alternative, a new trial. The trial Judge denied the motion April 19, 1996. Stevens appeals and raises the following issues for consideration by this Court:

A. Whether the verdict of the jury was supported by the evidence, or the trial court should have granted Stevens' peremptory instruction and motions for directed verdict?

B. Whether the court should have granted Stevens' challenge for cause of ...


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