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Groves v. Slaton

February 09, 1999

MARK AND KONNIE GROVES APPELLANTS
v.
TODD J. SLATON APPELLEE



Before Bridges, C.j., Diaz, Payne, And Southwick, JJ.

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

DATE OF JUDGMENT: 07/16/1997

TRIAL JUDGE: HON. DENISE OWENS

COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: HINDS COUNTY CHANCERY COURT

NATURE OF THE CASE: CIVIL - DOMESTIC RELATIONS

TRIAL COURT DISPOSITION: JURY FOUND THAT APPELLEE WAS BIOLOGICAL FATHER

DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED - 02/09/99

MOTION FOR REHEARING FILED:

CERTIORARI FILED:

MANDATE ISSUED:

¶1. Mark and Konnie Groves, the appellants, appeal the jury decision of the Chancery Court of Hinds County which found that Todd J. Slaton, the appellee, was the biological father of Jessie Lee Groves. The appellants assert the following issues on appeal: (1) that the county court Judge committed reversible error by interrupting the cross-examination of the plaintiff's expert witness in order to ask his own questions, (2) that the trial court erred by excluding from evidence a letter written by Slaton to Konnie Groves, (3) that the trial court erred by allowing two photographs into evidence of Slaton and Konnie Groves, and (4) that the trial court committed reversible error by engaging in a continued pattern of bias and error during the course of the trial. Finding the appellants' assignments of error to be without merit, we affirm the decision of the county court.

FACTS

¶2. Slaton and Konnie Groves met during the summer of 1993, and their relationship progressed from friendship into a sexual affair by October 1993. The relationship lasted another year. Throughout the affair, Slaton and Konnie engaged in protected and unprotected sexual relations. In April 1994, Konnie administered a home pregnancy test to herself at Slaton's apartment and discovered she was pregnant. Konnie told Slaton that he was the father of the baby since her husband Mark had had a vasectomy. Slaton attended some of Konnie's prenatal visits and paid a portion of her medical bills.

ΒΆ3. When Konnie was six months pregnant, she and Slaton had their photograph taken by a professional photographer. Later, Slaton wrote a letter to Konnie asking her not to tell the baby that he was the father and also stated that Mark Groves was the father. The ...


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