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Clay v. State

March 23, 1999

STEPHANIE FELICIA CLAY A/K/A "STEP" APPELLANT
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE



Before Thomas, P.j., Lee, And Southwick, JJ.

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

DATE OF JUDGMENT: 4/08/98

TRIAL JUDGE: HON. JOHN L. HATCHER

COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: COAHOMA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT

DISTRICT ATTORNEY: LAURENCE Y. MELLEN

NATURE OF THE CASE: CRIMINAL - FELONY

TRIAL COURT DISPOSITION: APPELLANT SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN THE CUSTODY OF THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED - 03/23/1999

MOTION FOR REHEARING FILED:

CERTIORARI FILED:

MANDATE ISSUED:

¶1. Stephanie Felicia Clay also known as "Step" was convicted on aggravated assault charges. From this conviction, she perfects her appeal to this Court and argues that the State presented insufficient evidence to convict her for aggravated assault; therefore, the trial court erred by failing to grant her motion for directed verdict and judgment of acquittal notwithstanding the verdict. Additionally, appellant asserts that the trial court erred in not granting her a new trial because the verdict of the jury was against the weight of the evidence. Finding her arguments without merit, we affirm.

FACTS

ΒΆ2. On the evening of June 28, 1996, the Renaissance Lounge had attracted a sizeable gathering for a night of socializing and dancing. Two of the individuals present at this gathering were Herman Jackson, III and Stephanie Clay, the appellant in this case. Trial testimony reflected that Herman Jackson was dancing on the dance floor of the club when several boys gathered around Jackson and appeared to be mocking his dancing. Shortly thereafter, an altercation ensued among the ...


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