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Conner v. State

December 30, 1998

FREEMAN CONNER A/K/A FREEMAN LEE APPELLANT CONNER
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE



Before Thomas, P.j., Coleman, And Hinkebein, JJ.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Thomas, P.j., For The Court:

DATE OF JUDGMENT: 03/05/1997

TRIAL JUDGE: HON. LARRY EUGENE ROBERTS

COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: CLARKE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT

DISTRICT ATTORNEY: BILBO MITCHELL

NATURE OF THE CASE: CRIMINAL - FELONY

TRIAL COURT DISPOSITION: FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER AND SENTENCED TO LIFE WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE

¶1. Freeman Conner appeals to this Court his conviction of murder in the Clarke County Circuit Court. From that conviction, Conner was sentenced to life imprisonment with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Feeling aggrieved, Conner assigns the following issues as error:

I. WHETHER THE TRIAL COURT ERRED IN DENYING DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR CHANGE OF VENUE

II. WHETHER THE TRIAL COURT ERRED IN DENYING DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR JUDGMENT NOTWITHSTANDING THE VERDICT WHEN THE JURY'S VERDICT WAS CLEARLY CONTRARY TO THE OVERWHELMING WEIGHT OF THE EVIDENCE

¶2. Finding no error, we affirm.

FACTS

¶3. On the morning of June 30, 1995, an altercation occurred between the appellant, Freeman Conner, and the victim, Terry Stokes, at Marvin's Tint Shop, Shubuta, Mississippi. The altercation between the two men ended in the shooting death of Terry Stokes.

ΒΆ4. Conner was at the Tint Shop visiting with Jarvis Williams while Williams installed window tinting to the car of Carl Lumnus. Also present at the Tint Shop was Audray Conner, the nephew of Freeman Conner. Freemen Conner was at the Tint Shop for a brief period of time when Stokes pulled up at the Tint Shop in a van. Stokes was giving Kutrinah Nelson a ...


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