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Godbold v. State

January 28, 1999

CORNELIUS CHARLES GODBOLD
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI



Before Pittman, P.j., Smith And Mills, JJ.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Pittman, Presiding Justice, For The Court

DATE OF JUDGMENT: April 11, 1997

TRIAL JUDGE: HON. KEITH STARRETT

COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: LINCOLN COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT

BY: JEFFREY A. KLINGFUSS

DISTRICT ATTORNEY: DUNNICA O. LAMPTON

NATURE OF THE CASE: CRIMINAL - FELONY

DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED IN PART; REVERSED AND

REMANDED IN PART - January 28, 1999

MOTION FOR REHEARING FILED:

MANDATE ISSUED:

STATEMENT OF THE CASE

¶1. Cornelius Charles Godbold (hereinafter Godbold), appeals from the circuit court of Lincoln County where he was indicted in a multi-count indictment with kidnaping, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, simple assault on law enforcement officer (two counts) and possession of stolen property in violation of Miss. Code Ann. § § 97-3-53, 41-29-139, 97-37-1, and 97-17-70. Judge Keith Starrett presided at the jury trial where Godbold was found guilty of unlawful possession of cocaine and guilty of possession of stolen property. The trial court sentenced Godbold to serve a term of three years for possession of cocaine and five years for possession of stolen property to run consecutively, in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The last two years to be served on post release supervision. After denial of post-trial motions, the instant appeal was timely noticed.

STATEMENT OF THE FACTS

¶2. On October 1, 1996, Robert Thaddison spoke with Officer Frank Leggett (hereinafter Officer Leggett) concerning an alleged kidnaping and aggravated assault which was allegedly perpetrated upon him by Godbold on or about September 30, 1996. Mr. Thaddison signed an affidavit concerning these matters on October 1, 1996. Following this interview with Mr. Thaddison and his signing an affidavit to that effect, an arrest warrant was issued on October 1, 1996, for the arrest of Godbold.

ΒΆ3. On October 4, 1996, Godbold called the Sheriff's Office to inquire about any charges pending against him concerning this matter. Officer Leggett advised Godbold that he needed to speak with Godbold in person. Godbold came to the Sheriff's Office and spoke with Officer Leggett concerning this incident involving Mr. Thaddison. Officer Leggett did not advise Godbold of the arrest warrant which had already been issued for his arrest. Instead, Officer Leggett informed Godbold of the charges alleged against him by Mr. ...


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